A smile costs nothing and yet has the power to change lives. When you smile, you feel happier and the people around you feel happier, and the people around them feel happier and soon your smile is spreading happiness to people you have never even met! Never underestimate the power of a smile.
World Smile Day began in 1999 and was the brainchild of Harvey Ball, a commerical artist from Massachusetts who created the smiley face in 1963.
Now internationally recognized as a symbol of goodwill, Harvey was concerned about the over-commercialization of the symbol he had created; he felt that its original meaning and intention was being lost. He wanted people to put aside politics and differences for one day every year and focus on smiles and kind acts. So Harvey came up with the idea of World Smile Day.
Here are some ideas for things to do on World Smile Day:
Visit a nursing home or an elderly neighbour.
Contact an old friend you haven’t spoken to for a while.
Send a card to somebody.
Compliment somebody – it could be the assistant at the supermarket or the bus driver or anybody else you come across.
Do something unexpected for a family member or a friend.
Remember – we all smile in the same language!