I learned that today is World Smile Day.
Although I don’t usually research where our seemingly daily celebrations of … something … come from — I usually assume it’s some business group trying to market something — I actually did find out the inspiration behind World Smile Day.
And it’s not Big Dentist trying to convince you to get those pearly whites cleaned (or repaired), so you can have a nice smile.
Apparently, its roots are in Worcester, Mass., not too far from where I live. Harvey Ball, a commercial artist who created the smiley face in 1963, decided there should be one day devoted to smiles and kind acts, and so he declared the first Friday in October each year as World Smile Day, and it has been in existence since 1999.
I can’t argue with the sentiment, but I still find it interesting that he basically said, “World Smile Day should be … this day,” and the world said, “OK.”
This made me smile this morning. Fortunately, none of these choices include someone for whom the TV remote is practically an outgrowth of his hand.
I hope something gives you all a reason to smile today.