The funny thing about World Smile Day, that smiley face we all have come to know and either love or hate, is claimed to have been created by Harvey Ball of Worcester, Mass in 1963 and then again created for the State Mutual Life Company. However, Harvey was no longer smiling about When Frenchman Franklin Loufrani claimed it was his in 1968. Loufrani has copyright in 80 countries but here in the United States the U.S. Congress proclaimed World Smile Day on the 1st Friday in October which this years happens to be the 7th. So… who’s smiling now?
How to celebrate – Wear your Smiley Face T-shirt! (We all have one) Make up your own smiley face design. “Smile, though your heart is breaking…”
For those who are able, particularly lately, to start your day off with a smile it will be so much better for those you see and even for yourself. The smile does need to be genuine, fake smiles normally cause more problems than they help. That said, when you see someone with a real smile, one they mean it can make a rough day better for anyone who is lucky enough to view it. It’s all about enjoying the small things in life and seeing the good, instead of the bad, in the people around you. It’s all about your outlook on life, there really is a lot to smile about if you just look for it. So understand the true power of the smile and start your day off with a smile, you will be all the better for it as well a those who see you.
How to celebrate – Find something to smile about. Spend your morning doing things that make you smile. Greet others with your very best smile.
Oct. 4th World Smile Day
If the entire world smiled at each other it would be a much
friendlier place. It might also be a lot stranger world, but we won’t go there.
Harvey Ball created the basic smiley face in 1963 but it took to 1999 to
actually make the day one the world celebrated. It always falls on the first Friday
in October, just in time for the coming holiday season. Not all smiles are
meant as friendly however so you need to watch the person smiling at you to see
if it is real or not. That may make it an entirely different place! But we
should give a smile to all we see anyway, it will make the world a better place
and give someone a boost they might not get otherwise.
How to celebrate – Smile at everyone you see today. Eyes
will tell you whether the smile is actually meant, not a cover up for other
intents. Always return a smile with a smile.
A smile is a wonderful thing. It can actually give you a longer life, make yourself, and those around you happier. It can change a mood from bad to good, it improves your relationships with others and it offers the idea of great customer service. Smiles need to be genuine though as fake smiles are often seen through and can cause greater issues than if no smile was offered in the first place. If you actually care about someone it’s difficult not to smile as just seeing them makes you happier and a smile is a natural way to express it. So use your smile for the right, and real, reasons. Let people you know, know that you care by offering them a smile. It will make you, and them, feel better.
How to celebrate – Smile! Watch old reruns of Candid Camera. Offer a smile to a stranger, who knows, maybe you’ll make a friend.