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WORLD SMILE DAY – First Friday in October

World Smile Day - First Friday in October


Each year on the first Friday in October, World Smile Day devotes a day to smiles and spreading random acts of kindness.

If someone smiles at you, you’re bound to smile back. A smile can be used to express a feeling, encourage someone or be used as a greeting. If you don’t smile enough, #WorldSmileDay is the perfect day to start.

There are many benefits of smiling:

  • Improves mood
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Relieves stress
  • Betters relationships
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Relieves pain
  • Increases life expectancy

Who wouldn’t want all those benefits? All it takes is smiling. And the more often, the better!


On World Smile Day, people around the world are encouraged to do an act of kindness and make one person smile. Each year the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation holds special events on World Smile Day. The day is especially popular in Worcester, MA, which is considered the birthplace of the yellow smiley face.

Through the years, some of the foundation’s events have included the world’s largest human Smiley face, balloon releases, choral performances, sidewalk chalk activities, college concerts, circus performers and pie-eating contests.

If you don’t live in Worcester, you can organize your own World Smile Day event. You can celebrate the day in other ways, too.

  • Do a random act of kindness for someone.
  • Use a smiley face emoji on every text you send.
  • Spread cheer by handing out smiley face stickers.
  • Give a smile to everyone you come across.
  • Tell someone a funny joke.
  • Play happy songs like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams or “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.
  • Take a selfie of your own smile and share it on social media with #WorldSmileDay.


In 1963, Harvey Ball created the familiar yellow smiley face.  A commercial artist from Massachusetts, Harvey Ball, created the smiley face design for a State Mutual Life Insurance company campaign. The goal of his smiley face was to spread goodwill and cheer throughout the world. Through the years, Ball became concerned that his image was becoming too commercialized. In doing so, the original intent of the smiley face was getting lost. However, the design was never copyrighted.

To bring back the original meaning of his smiley face, Ball declared the first Friday of October annually would be dedicated to smiles. He called it World Smile Day. Ball died in 2001, and shortly afterward the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was founded. The foundation is the official sponsor of the happy observance.

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