In 1963, a commercial artist by the name of Harvey Ball was hired by State Mutual Life Assurance Co. to create a symbol of hope and good cheer, to improve morale of two merged companies. They called it the ‘friendship campaign.’
In response, Harvey designed a simple smiling face on a bright yellow circle.
Perhaps you know it?
For all its popularity, the creator received forty-five dollars, and not a penny more. But much like his creation, Harvey didn’t seem to mind.
He did mind, however, that the smiley was becoming over commercialized. So he set out to establish a World Smile Day—one day a year dedicated to acts of kindness; one day a year set aside to bring a smile to the face of a stranger.
Today is that day.
With that, I hope the festivities continue the whole weekend through; may you find countless ways to bring a little sunshine to the lives of those around you, and may the goodness return right back to you . . .
Happiest of weekend wishes, my friends!