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World Smile Day

Posted by Marge on October 6, 2017 in History or Holidays |

This is the first Friday in October and was designated as World Smile Day in 1999. With all the storms and unhappiness, we’ve had in the past few months this is a great day to celebrate and smile. We could all use a good smile about now.

Did you know a man named Harvey Ball of Worcester, Massachusetts created World Smile Day? It seems Harvey was a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. He created the smiley face in 1963. A company called The State Mutual Life Assurance Company hired Harvey as a free-lance artist to create a smiley face. It was going to be used to improve company morale. His bright and cheerful smiley grew in popularity. It grew slowly at first, but exploded in the 1970’s. Soon, the smiley became wildly popular.

Harvey became concerned about the over-use of his smiley face. This was when Harvey came up with the idea that one day a year should be dedicated to smiling and doing acts of kindness. I think he’s right. Although we do have other days, I think he was right. Any day we smile and are kind to each other is okay with me. The first World Smiley Day celebration was on October 1, 1999, but over the years was changed to the first Friday in October.

Later, a question came about over the smiley’s creation. A Frenchman named Franklin Loufrani claimed to have invented the Smiley in 1968. However, in 1971 Harvey Ball patented the smiley in 80 countries. I’m sure that the smiley will be around another fifty years. He’s become a very popular little meme. So, remember to do something kind for someone today to celebrate. It will put a smiley on your face.

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