October 7th: World Smile Day

World Smile Day comes up on the first Friday of every October, and that's today 7th, for 2016. 

We all understand what a simple smile can do in the lives of people. Sometimes, all it takes to make the day better is a smile, whether it's from someone to you, or you to another.

World Smile Day encourages you to take action to bring a few more smiles into the world.

History of World Smile Day
It was a simple thing, a circle with a few dots and an upturned curve, but put together Harvey Ball created one of the most iconic symbols the world had ever seen, and it would quickly come to infect everything from graffiti to modern day emoji’s. We are, of course, talking about the smiley face, arguably the first emoji to enter the world. Harvey would later express concern that the sheer commercialization of his little symbol would strip it of its original intent and meaning. It was out of this concern that he created World Smile Day, a day devoted to the spreading of simple joy and love to everyone, regardless of race, gender, or geographic location.

Harvey sadly passed from this world in 2001, but the foundation he helped create, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation, has carried forth his message of simple peace and love as the sponsor of World Smile Day every year. Whether you’re simply expressing a bit of silliness or doing a small act of kindness to help someone smile, World Smile Day is your opportunity to help brighten the world and make the world a better place through the simple power of the smile.

Strong Benefits of Smiling
1. Smiling is contagious
Studies report that just seeing one person smiling activates the area of your brain that controls your facial movement, which leads to a grin. So why not smile as you walk through he streets or drive through traffic and see how many people you can make happy today.
2. Smiling lowers stress and anxiety
It might not be easy to smile when stressed up or under duress, but a smile can lower physical or health effects it might have. The next time you’re feeling stressed, just try smiling to calm yourself down.
3. You’ll be more attractive
We must have heard that before. Either from parents or older ones that want us to stop a frown, but it actually makes ones more attractive. So, would you pick a wrinkled face over a happy-looking attractive face?
4. Smiling strengthens your immune system
Smiling even makes your immune system stronger by making your body produce white blood cells to help fight illnesses. One study found that hospitalized children who were visited by story-tellers and puppeteers who made them smile and laugh had higher white blood cell counts than those children who weren’t visited.
5. You’ll be a better leader
If you’re in a position of power, or want to be, smiling may be the key to your success. A group of researchers discovered that smiling is a more effective leadership technique than having great management responsibilities.

So, the next time you really want to show off those leadership skills, just grin.

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