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Posted-on October 2019 By Amy Bates

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​World smile was created by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. He created the smiley face in 1963, an image that went on to become the most recognisable symbol of good will and good cheer in the world.

Over the years, Harvey became concerned about the over-commercialisation of his symbol, and how its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace. 

With this, he came up with the idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that everyone should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. 

He declared that the first Friday in October each year would be World Smile Day®. Ever since that first World Smile Day® held in 1999, it has continued every year in Smiley's hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.