World Smile Day was October 1, 2010. Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. It may be the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on our planet. The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion.
What you may not know is that Harvey Ball declared the first Friday in October each year as World Smile Day. His idea was that for at least one day each year, we all should devote this particular day to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. The official theme of World Smile Day is, "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile."
These days, there's a lot of anger, hate, despair, confusion, and even a lack of hope. So this is not just some sappy sentiment. Smiling has been scientifically proven (hasn't everything), to be good for your health and well-being. And better yet, smiles are contagious. There's just no telling how many lives can be affected with a simple smile.
Did you know that a smile gives the same level of stimulation as eating 2000 chocolate bars? Smiling can boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, defend against respiratory infections, and even reduce the frequency of colds. Smiling on a regular basis can even prolong your life. And there are even more reasons to smile:
- Smiling lifts the face & makes you look younger; much cheaper than plastic surgery.
- Smiling can improve your alertness, creativity, & memory.
- A smile is a natural high; studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin.
- Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood; easy cure for grumpy, bumpy days.
- A Smile makes you appear more confident, positive, and successful.
- A smile is an attractive social skill; makes people wonder what's going on.
- Smiling is an act of charity to everyone you meet.
As Dale Carnegie once said, "A smile costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever."
Smiling is good for your health, your relationships, and your career. People all over the world understand the language of a smile. So be a Smile Ambassador everyday and practice random acts of kindness. It can change the world, one smile at a time.