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What Is World Smile Day?

Curious minds always want to know.

So, did you know that today is World Smile Day?

Although a smile should consume every moment of our short lives. Today is a reminder established by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts.

After World War II, Ball was employed by a local advertising firm until he started his own business, Harvey Ball

Harvey Ball - World Smile Day History
Harvey Ball – World Smile Day History – established in 1999.

Advertising, in 1959. He designed the smiley in 1963.

The State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester, Massachusetts (now known as Hanover Insurance) had purchased Guarantee Mutual Company of Ohio. The merger resulted in low employee morale. In an attempt to solve this, Ball was employed in 1963 as a freelance artist, to come up with an image to increase morale. What he created was a smiley face, with one eye bigger than the other. In less than ten minutes, Harvey Ball came up with the simple yet world-changing smiley face. The simplicity of the image brought smiles to the faces of the executives, who paid him $45 for his creation.[2]

This image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.

Yes, the infamous smiley face that knows NO politics, NO geography and NO religion.

But unhappy with how the smiley face was being used across the world (i.e. over-commercialization of his creation), Harvey believed that we, all of us, should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we. He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®. Ever since then, the first World Smile Day® was held in 1999, and has continued every year in Smiley’s hometown of Worcester, MA & around the world.

Harvey Ball died on April 12, 2001 of liver failure at the age of 79. Nearly 50 years after commissioning its creation, the company now known as Worcester Mutual Fire Insurance still uses his Smiley Face in its promo materials.

Just as Harvey believed in… We so believe that”Everyday should be World Smile Day” here at Advanced Dermatology Associates. – Lawrence Jaeger, DO

For a fuller sexier smile stop by one of our medical facilities and schedule a Juvederm treatment.  Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid.  You can expect to get a great set of lips from Juvederm treatment. Juvederm is a naturally occurring sugar in our body and because it is easily accepted by the body; it’s not likely to create a reaction. Typical of reactions you can get with man-made synthetic agents like silicone and Artefill.

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