About World Smile Day®
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 that 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 since in Smiley's hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.
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 7, and "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile"!