The most stressful times can be diluted with a simple smile from another person. World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday of October every year and this year it falls on October 7.
An American artist, Harvey Ball came up with the idea of celebrating World Smile Day in 1963. He created the iconic image of a smiling face, but he later realized that its original significance had been lost due to ‘over-commercialization.’
Due to his concern, he came up with the idea of celebrating World Smile Day, which is dedicated to acts of kindness. It was established in 1999 and has since been observed on the first Friday in October. Following his death in 2001, Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was established to honor his name and memories.
World Smile Day: Significance and Celebration
The concept of the day is to encourage people to act kind and make others smile. It also seeks to recognize the non-political and cultural boundaries of smiles.
In different ways, people around the world celebrate World Smile Day. One of these is the throwing of a ball, which has been happening since 2000. The event, which is hosted by the Worcester Historical Society, features various events and displays related to the day.
In addition, various other events and activities related to the day are also held in other countries. These include the launching of balloons carrying messages related to the day. Other events include a variety of competitions and activities such as circus performances with the ever-smiling joker, singing of songs, and the pie-eating contest.
Why is smiling important to your well-being?
According to the Henry Ford Foundation, apart from boosting a person’s mood, smiling can also help their bodies release various chemicals in their systems. These include endorphins and cortisol. It further helps in reducing blood pressure, increasing endurance, reducing pain, and stress, and strengthening the immune system.
Studies also suggest that people who smile are more likable and appear to be more competent. They can also be more productive at work.
To get the most out of these benefits, it’s important that people start their day with a smile. Smiling is contagious. According to researchers, when people smile, their brain activates a feature that allows them to synchronize with others.