A year ago, we posted this article about World Smile Day which is the first Friday of October. We thought we would share it again as a reminder and for those who might have missed the post.

Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the  :-) face in 1963. The State Mutual Life Assurance Company hired Harvey as a freelance artist to create a :-) face for use in improving company morale. From there, the bright and cheerful :-) grew in popularity. Its popularity grew slowly at first. Then, it exploded in the 1970′s. Ultimately, the :-) became wildly popular.

As the years passed, Harvey became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol and the way its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace.  Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that we should all devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world.  The :-) face knows no politics, no geography and no religion.  Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we.  In 1999, he declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®.

According to the World Smile Day website, a proclamation of this day was made by the U.S. Congress. Now that should put a :-) on your face.

While World Smile Day celebrates the ever popular yellow :-), the intent of  World Smile Day is to do an act of kindness, or help one person to smile.

This Friday, October 4th, why not do both!?