World Smile Day

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World Smile Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday of October. World Smile Day for the year 2022 was celebrated on 7 October.

Important facts

  • The purpose behind celebrating Smile Day was to dedicate one day in a year to smiles and kind acts.

  • The theme of World Smile Day remains the same every year -- 'Do an act of kindness, Help one person smile'.

Background of the day

  • World Smile Day was first celebrated in 1999 by artist Harvey Ball.

  • Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts (US), created the smiley face in 1963.

  • This picture became a symbol of goodwill and enthusiasm on the planet.

  • Harvey Ball declared the first Friday of October each year as World Smile Day.

  • He intended that one day every year should be dedicated to smiling and kind acts around the world.

  • After Harvey's death in 2001, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was created to honour his name and memory.

  • This foundation is the official sponsor of World Smile Day every year.

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