World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday of October each year as a way to remember Harvey Ball and Smiley. Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.
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. (World Smile Day)