Friday, October 7, 2011

World Smile Day!

Back in 1963, a commercial artist named Harvey Ball designed the now-classic smiley face. You know the one:

Harvey became worried that his smiley face was becoming too commercialized and was beginning to lose its meaning. So Harvey declared that the first Friday in October should be World Smile Day, a day to smile!

The theme of this holiday is "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile."

What a fabulous holiday, don’t you think? We could all use a few extra smiles, and we could all benefit from performing a few more acts of kindness. I found this cute list of ideas from (who else?) Oprah.

These would be great way to celebrate World Smile Day:

Say "Good morning" to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
Say "I love you" to someone you love.
Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend.
Say "please" and "thank you"—and really mean it.
Let a fellow driver merge into your lane.
Offer to baby-sit for a single mom.
Call or write to a teacher who changed your life.
Bring a box of doughnuts to share at the office.
Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, and explain how great a job that person is doing.
Throw away your trash—and someone else's—after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.
Help a friend pack for a move.
Before a friend moves away, give her your favorite recipe or quote and a photo of the two of you together.

So what will YOU be doing for World Smile Day?

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