A World Smile Day® 2012 Message
As this eagerly awaited day begins, we at The
Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation send smiles and best wishes to all
our friends around the world. Our theme “Do an act of kindness. Help
one person smile” is a simple message but it carries such impact. It can be done without a thought, given freely, and have a positive effect beyond expectations.
On this day we call upon people around the globe to be thoughtful of others and use the power of smile and a kind act to make a small difference in the world in which we live.
We are impressed and pleased with the messages posted on the comments board in the article “World Smile Day Around The Country And The World”. People from around the world, in schools, businesses, nursing homes, colleges, hospitals, communities, and as individuals have organized programs, events, acts of kindness and more.
Again, thank you to all who have participated in World Smile Day 2012. You have made us smile!
Welcome to the World Smile Day® 2012 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 5th, and "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile"!
Local TV Features World Smile Day® 2012
Charles Ball, son of Harvey Ball (Smiley's creator) and Managing Director of the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation, recently visited Charter TV3 and The Hank Stolz Experience TV program to discuss World Smile Daywww.youtube.com/watch?v=rM-yZlaiUkc
Email-a-Smile on WSD 2012
You can email a Smile Certificate electronically from the www.worldsmileday.com website on World Smile Day® 2012 to anyone anywhere in the world. However, to do this you must visit the World Smile Day® website on October 4th or 5th, 2012 because the opportunity to send a Smile Certificate electronically will only be available from 9am on Thursday, Oct 4th until 9am EST on Oct 6th.
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World Smile Day® Around the Country and the World
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®!
World Smile Day® 2012 in Worcester, MA
In Smiley's hometown of Worcester, MA, the epicenter forwe will once again recognize Harvey Ball, Smiley, and
Smile Ambassadors To Deliver Smiles in Smiley's Hometown
On World Smile Day® 2012 (Friday, Oct. 5th), a group of World Smile Ambassadors under the leadership of WCRN Radio personality Hank Stolz, will be delivering "You've Been Smiled" Certificates to deserving recipients living or working within Worcester, Mass. city limits.
Be A Smile Ambassador - Deliver Your Own Certs
For our friends around the world - Be a World Smile Day® Ambassador and deliver
our official "You've Been Smiled" Certificates to your friends, family
and co-workers in person. Just click the link to download a pdf
version, print out as many copies as you need and then join us
delivering smiles and doing acts of kindness on Friday - World Smile Day®. CLICK HERE to download the file.
Who Is This Year's Smile Award Recipient?
Worcester, MA. With only a few days away from The Harvey Ball 2012 - Thursday, September 27 under a tent at Worcester City Hall Plaza - the staff at Worcester Historical Museum is filled with anticipation to show off what WHM has in store to celebrate the Worcester community. The Harvey Ball, an annual celebration of Worcester’s past, present and future, has become a staple of the City’s social calendar with each year promising a new theme and a new honoree for the prestigious Harvey Ball Smile Award. The Harvey Ball serves as a reminder as to why the City of Worcester is such a special place in which to live and work.
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WSD2011 Photo Highlights
WSD Archives >> World Smile Day® 2011
The 11th Annual Harvey Ball, sponsored by the Worcester Historical Museum of Worcester, Massachusetts, was held on Oct. 6, 2011 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Myles and Jean McDonough were honored with the Harvey Ball Smile Award for their work and achievements.More...
The chorus of the Seven Hills Charter School of Worcester, Massachusetts performed several World Day Day® songs at The Harvey Ball including "The Smiley Face Song" and "It's a World Smile Day"..
WSD Archives >> World Smile Day® 2011
In Worcester, MA hundreds of Smile Certificates were delivered by local celebrities and volunteers to unsuspecting but worthy recipients whose names had been submitted by others online. Thousands more e-certificates were sent from the World Smile Day website by people around the world.More...
It was an unusual sight to see six elephants on the steps of City Hall without a political interest. It was a historical day. The elephants enjoyed the stroll to the Worcester Common on that beautiful day then entertained the audience and were rewarded with a healthy lunch buffet.
Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus joined the World Smile Day® Celebration to bring smiles to faces in Worcester, Massachusetts with clowns, jugglers, and elephants and of course - The Ring Master.