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In 1963, Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Wrocester, Massachussetts, created one of the most recognized graphics in history – the yellow smiley face. Over the years, the over-commercialization of his symbol for happiness led him in 1999 to declare the first Friday of October to be World Smile Day. The idea behind the day is to have at least one day each year to, as worldsmileday.com says, “devote one day each year to smiles and kinds acts throughout the 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.”
In honor of this uplifting holiday, and the fact that it is also Do Something Nice Day, ask kids to brainstorm ideas for projects or activities they can do which would bring a smile to someone else’s face.
Check out the full October calendar. It includes floating holidays, specialty weeks, and specialty months.