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Happy World Smile Day to you!
World Smile Day is a holiday started by the creator of the smiley face, Harvey Ball. Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts came up with the iconic symbol of happiness in 1963. Out of concern for the over-commercialization of his creation, he wanted to have one day where the smiley face “knows no politics, no geography and no religion.”
So how can you celebrate? It’s easy. Simply do an act of kindness and help one person smile. I think we all know how powerful a simple smile from a stranger can be.
Have you ever purposely smiled at everyone you have come across while walking down the road? I have. It’s fun to see people’s reactions. (And kind of sad that people don’t expect smiles from random people on the street.)
A smile can go a long way. It can lift someone up that may be having a bad day. It can show someone they are not alone. It can restore humanity back into our everyday lives. (Perhaps you’ll even become a part of someone’s storyline because of a smile at the right moment.)
If you are looking for a little inspiration, check out these simple acts of giving that will make people smile, read about what happened when I smiled for 30 days straight, or watch this Smiley Face Song video.