World Smile Day - keep smiling!

With a smile, you make yourself and others happy. Here you can find out how World Smile Day came about and how it is connected to the first smiley.
Smile please!
Always on the first Friday in October, a particularly beautiful occasion takes place: the World Smile Day. It was founded in 1999 by the US-American graphic artist Harvey Ball. On this day, we are called upon to make at least one fellow human being smile through kindness. Perhaps most of us do it every day. But for once, we might do it consciously and even include friends and colleagues in our World Smile Day action.
This is how the first smiley was created
The founder of World Smile Day also designed the first smiley. Originally, it was intended to motivate employees of an insurance company. But the pins were so popular that they were sold. In the first eight years alone, 50 million were purchased. Due to the lack of copyrights, Ball earned nothing from them. But that didn't seem to bother him. He used to say: «Hey, I can eat one steak at a time, drive one car at a time».
A smile for the world
Much later, he founded the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation, whose sold smiley products still benefit children's charities around the world. Its motto is «A smile for this world». And this is where it comes full circle. Because that's what led Ball to create World Smile Day. In short, let's be especially aware of the power of a kind gesture on this day. Because a smile and acts of kindness are what make this world a better place.

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