Rip off the paper! Rip off the covers! Show us your . . . what???
I’m talking about your smile! It’s funny that just smiling makes us feel better even when we feel that there is nothing to smile about. A smile spreads happiness from the inside out. Rip off the paper! Rip off the covers and showcase your smile. The smiley face symbol began in 1963 when Harvey Ross Ball, (1921-2001) a commercial artist, designed an image to increase morale in the workplace. His altruistic goal was to bring kindness to our lives, and this continues to be a symbol of goodwill worldwide.
Why smile? Happiness is contagious, and this is the best bug to catch. A smile softens a personal connection and invites a smile right back. Actions speak louder than words, we know that, and a smile is a universal gesture of kindness. First impressions are so very important and seeing a smile implies that you are friendly, confident, and conscientious and that you care.
Mr. Ball began World Smile Foundation in 1999 as a non-profit charitable trust that supports children's causes. World Smile Day, the first Friday in October, is dedicated to "good cheer and good works." The catchphrase for the day is "Do an act of kindness - help one person smile."
The words from the Charlie Chaplin song "Smile" help us realize that life is still worthwhile if you just smile.
Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you’ll just Smile
© - Copyright 1954 by Bourne Co. Copyright Renewed All Rights Reserved International Copyright Secured - Music by Charles Chaplin, Lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons