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World Smile Day

It's World Smile Day - spread kindness and bring joy to those around you with a simple smile!
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It's time to smile and spread some joy on World Smile Day, which falls on the first Friday in October! This day was created by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts in 1963. He designed the iconic yellow smiley face as part of an advertising campaign for the State Mutual Life Assurance Company. Since then, it has become a symbol of happiness and positivity all over the world. So don't forget to take a few moments out of your day to smile and make someone else's day brighter – you never know how far it can reach!

History of World Smile Day

World Smile Day Dates

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1963</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origin of Smiley Face</div><div class='timeline-text'>Harvey Ball, a commercial artist, designed the iconic yellow smiley face for an advertising campaign for State Mutual Life Assurance Company.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Popularity of Smiley Face</div><div class='timeline-text'>The yellow smiley face gained widespread popularity globally, becoming a recognized symbol of happiness and positivity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1999</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of World Smile Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Harvey Ball's belief in the power of a smile led to the establishment of World Smile Day to spread kindness and joy worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Passing of Harvey Ball</div><div class='timeline-text'>After Harvey Ball's death, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation continued promoting World Smile Day in his honor.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Worldwide Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Smile Day celebrations spread to countries all over the world, with various events dedicated to spreading happiness and positivity.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Smile Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Smile at strangers</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Start your day by smiling at everyone you come across.  This simple act can make a big difference in someone's day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send a smiley card</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Write a card to someone you know, or even a stranger, and make sure to include a smiley face for good measure.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer your time</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Volunteering your time to those in need can bring a smile to many faces.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Post a smiley selfie</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Post a selfie of yourself smiling on social media and encourage others to do the same.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send a smiley text</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Send a text message with a smiley face to someone you care about.</p></div></div>

Why We Love World Smile Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Smiling is contagious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Smiling is contagious, and by having a World Smile Day we can spread positivity to people all around the world. Smiles are infectious, and even when we may not feel our best, just seeing someone's smile can brighten up our day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Smiling is good for your health</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Studies have shown that smiling helps reduce stress, lifts our moods, lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system. When we smile it releases endorphins - the brain's natural happy hormones - making us feel happier and more relaxed.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Smiling spreads kindness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Smile Day is a great way to show kindness and appreciation to those around us. By spreading smiles to friends, family members and even strangers, we can make their day a little bit better and help create a kinder world for everyone!</p></div></div>

5 Delightful Facts for World Smile Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Smiling is a Universal Sign of Happiness</h3><p class='facts-content'>Regardless of culture or location, smiling is universally recognized as a signal of happiness and goodwill.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Smiling Often Makes You More Attractive to Others</h3><p class='facts-content'>Studies have shown that people who smile more frequently are perceived as more attractive and likable than those who do not.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There's a Dedicated Museum to Smiles in the U.S.</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Dr. Chuckles Laugh Lab, based in New York, features a "Museum of Smiles" which collects smiles from visitors all over the world.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Harvey Ball Never Patented the Smiley Face</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite creating an iconic symbol of joy, Harvey Ball never applied for a trademark or copyright, allowing the smiley to become a universal symbol accessible to everyone.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Babies Start Smiling as Newborns</h3><p class='facts-content'>Babies start practicing smiles within the first few weeks of birth, often in their sleep. This suggests that the ability to smiles is innate rather than learned.</p></div></div>

World Smile Day FAQs

When is World Smile Day?

World Smile Day Dates

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2023

Oct 6

Friday

2024

Oct 4

Friday

2025

Oct 3

Friday

2026

Oct 2

Friday

2027

Oct 1

Friday

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