NATIONAL SMILE POWER DAY | JUNE 15
On June 15th each year, National Smile Power Day shares one powerful expression.
From the good morning greeting and the first “How may I help you?” present yourself with a smile. No matter where you are employed, job seeking, retired, or looking for new horizons starting the day with a smile is certainly more empowering than a pout or grump. Starting with a smile first is easier than trying to get there later in the day.
When you smile at someone, you are telling them that they are valued and worth the smile that you just gave them. Smiles are morale boosters and confidence builders.
Research has proven that smiling really does increase attractiveness and likability among humans. Smiling creates greater trust and increased interpersonal cooperation. Smiling at someone can help them to relax and relieve their stress while at the same time, it will make you feel at ease, too. Even if you do not feel like it, smiling will lift your mood and can make you a happier person.
HOW TO OBSERVE SMILE POWER DAY
Challenge yourself to smile more often today. Use a smile to disarm a tense situation, or simply smile during your daily tasks. Are you having trouble smiling?
Tips to Help You Smile
- Think of a few happy moments that automatically generate a smile for you. You know, those moments where you belly laughed until your stomach hurts or a time when you were so pleased with yourself your face hurt from smiling. Keep those memories handy and use them to help you smile more often.
- Save a couple of short jokes that are just so silly you can’t help but smile. Tell them to others, too. The best ones are simple children’s jokes or riddles that play on words.
- Learn Spoonerisms. This fun way of swapping letters in two words in a phrase to make new words make people stop and think. And then they smile and so will you! An example of a Spoonerism is instead of ordering peas and carrots at a restaurant you say, “I’ll have the keys and parrots.”
- Make a list of the things you’re grateful for. Which ones make you smile? Keep the list handy and refer to it often. Add to it and feel your smiles add up.
Use #SmilePowerDay on social media.
Families and educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom to discover projects and ideas that will help you Celebrate Every Day!
NATIONAL SMILE POWER DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the history of this happily powerful day. While we do, we invite you to explore these other joyful days:
- National Play Catch Week
- International Drop A Rock Day
- International Clown Week
- Happiness Month
- International Top Spinning Day
- National JoyGerm Day
- Hunt For Happiness Week
- National Smile Day
June 15th Celebrated History
The former slave, Henry Ossian Flipper became the first African American to graduate from West Point. He entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1873 after attending Atlanta University.
Bessie Coleman became the first woman pilot of African-American and first pilot of Native-American descent. Since no flight schools in the United States would admit her, she traveled to France in 1920. There Coleman earned her pilot’s license on June 15, 1921. Once she obtained her license, Coleman turned to barnstorming to make a living. Once again, she turned to Europe to learn the skills for exhibition flying. Through the years, she earned the nickname “Queen Bess” at events for her flamboyant style. Coleman died tragically as a passenger at the age of 34 when she was thrown from a plane after the pilot lost control.
Twenty-two years after President Calvin Coolidge signed the bill providing for the creation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Congress authorized the boundaries and construction of facilities for the park. Even before the park’s completion six years later, visitors from all over the country began flocking to see its marvelous sights.
The first successful tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls is completed. American Nikolas Wallenda completed the feat, adding it to his growing list of acrobatic and aerial feats.
June 15th Celebrated Birthdays
Fred Balzar – 1880
Business leader and lawman, Fred Balzar also served as state senator and assessor before being elected Governor of Nevada.
Don McGregor – 1945
Comic book writer, Don McGregor, brought a thrilling new series to the Marvel family through Black Panther. Interestingly, he started off as a proofreader who challenged the editorial staff for a better concept. The challenge was returned, leaving McGregor with the task of turning the project into a creative success.
Jack Horner – 1946
Noted paleontologist, Jack Horner, has made several contributions to the paleontological community. From the discovery of new dinosaurs and their behaviors to publishing numerous articles, books, and children’s books.
Ice Cube – 1969
Born O’Shea Jackson, the American rapper and filmmaker helped bring gangsta rap to the mainstream with his album Straight Outta Compton.