The World is Celebrating
People around the world are celebrating World Smile Day® 2013 right now!. Check out the images below. They are a "snapshot" of the locations around the globe of visitors on our website. At that moment, people young and old, from different countries and cultures, with different languages and politics, were all viewing the same website with positive thoughts of smiles, kind acts, and World Smile Day in common. That is a great example of the power of a smile and World Smile Day to transcend all bounds and a reminder that no matter how different we think we are, we are all really very much alike. We all long to see a smile and we love to get them. On World Smile Day we invite everyone to join us in celebrating the day and "Do an act of kindness. Help one person Smile!" We're working to make this a happier world one smile at a time. The images were taken at 01:30 am ET (GMT-5) on WSD. See whose online now with you. Visit the map at the bottom of this page. Click on the crosshairs icon (bottom right) for a larger view.
Welcome to the World Smile Day® 2013 website.
As is well known by now throughout the world Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.
As the years passed Harvey Ball became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, and how 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, all of us, should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion. Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we. He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®. Ever since that first World Smile Day® held in 1999, it has continued every year in Smiley's hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.
After Harvey died in 2001, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was created to honor his name and memory. The Foundation continues as the official sponsor of World Smile Day® each year.
This website was created to provide information about World Smile Day®, Harvey Ball and Smiley. Browse the archives to learn more about past World Smile Day® events, Smiley and his creator - Harvey Ball. And be sure to join the celebration this year on Friday, October 4th, and "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile"!
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A World Smile Day® Message
On World Smile Day® we encourage big smiles and kind acts of any size. For we know that one smile begets another and one get kind act begets another. We hope that starting this year and for many years to come the dedication of one day to smiles and kind acts will beget many more days each year, also dedicated to smiles and kind acts.
The cynics will tell you that no good deed goes unpunished. But that is not true and it never was. A good deed, however small, is an act of faith in humanity. It is its own reward.
Be well. Happy World Smile Day®.
World Smile Day® 2013 Ambassadors
Be a World Smile Day® Ambassador and let us know what you'll be doing!
Every year we receive emails and letters from people around the world informing us of the events they have organized or how they as individuals planned to observe World Smile Day®. We consider them to be "World Smile Day Ambassadors". You too can be an Ambassador by making people aware of World Smile Day® and its purpose and message.
Organize events to mark the day at school, work, with your organization or as an individual. Recognize those who perform acts of kindness everyday. Surprise those in need of a smile.
The possibilities are endless and the theme is simple - "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile!" Please let us and the world know how you will observe the day by leaving a message on our comments board shown below and have great World Smile day