Smiling is a universal sign for happiness.
World Smile Day is dedicated to the smiley face, which was created by Harvey Ball in 1963. He also came up with the idea for World Smile Day, which was first held in 1999, two years before his death. Following his death, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was created, with the slogan “improving the world, one smile at a time”. The foundation’s goal in raising awareness for World Smile Day is to “encourage smiles and acts of kindness around the world”. The foundation also raises money to support children’s causes.
1. The motto of World Smile Day is “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile.”
2. The first email smiley face was sent at 11:44 am on September 19, 1982.
3. The message was not originally saved they were able to retrieve a copy 20 years after the fact.
4. The smiley face was created to mark a lighter or sarcastic tone in the simple text messages and avoid misunderstandings and fights.
5. The first idea to mark messages as “not serious” was to use an asterisk in the subject line. Scott thought he could do better than that.
6. It started being used just within the school Scott Fahlman, the creator of the emoticon worked in, then spread to other schools but was limited to how many were joined — at that point, around 10 — over the ARPANET (the Internet in those days).
As more schools joined the network they would take on the use of the smiley face, expanding its reach and use.
7. The inventor of the text smiley face hates emojis, the graphic illustration of the character-based emoticons. He thinks they’re ugly.
8. Some people challenge the validity that Scott invented the first emoticon; a transcript from 1862 of an Abraham Lincoln speech apparently contains a winkey smiley face.
9. It’s theorized that this winkey smiley face in Abraham Lincoln’s speech is just a typo.
10. Research has shown that smiling faces are perceived as younger than frowning faces.
11. Even artificially produced smiles have been shown to induce happiness. So saying “cheese” for a photograph really works.
12. “Wear a smile and have friends; wear a frown and have wrinkles.” (George Eliot).
13. It takes 37 muscles to frown. And 22 muscles to smile. So Smile. It conserves energy!
14. Chimpanzee’s can laugh and smile like us.
15. Rats Laugh when they’re tickled
16. Smiling is more contagious than the flu! It can’t be resisted.
17. It’s is our first facial expression.
18. Babies are born with the ability to smile
19. Smiling makes you more attractive to others
20. A smile is the universal sign for happiness
21. Smiling is intercultural! No matter where you go, you don’t need an interpreter for smiles.
22. It’s easier to smile than it is to frown.
23. Smiling reduces blood pressure.
24. Employers promote people who smile often.
25. Smiling makes you look successful.
26. Smiling can make you happier.
27. Smiling can change your mood.
28. Women smile more than men.
29. Smiling reduces stress.
30. People who smile often are perceived as confident.
31. Smiling boost’s your immune system.
32. People who smile are more successful in work and relationships.
33. There are 19 different types of smiles.
34. Smiling can help you live longer.
35. Smiling is the most recognizable facial expression.
36. Smiling releases endorphins .
37. World Smile Day is dedicated to the smiley face, which was created by Harvey Ball in 1963.
38. Smiling is a form of exercise! Work those facial muscles.
39. The biggest events for the day are held in Worcester, Massachusetts, birthplace of both the smiley face and its creator.
40. If you are a woman, men find you more attractive when you smile.
41. People find women more attractive when they smile then when they wear makeup.
42. The average woman smiles 62 times a day.
43. The average man smiles 8 times a day.
44. 63% of women say they look best in photos where their teeth are showing.
45. 99.7% of people say that an attractive smile is an important personal asset.
46. 74% of people believe a bad smile can hurt their chances for a successful career.
47. 23% of people think they look best with their mouth closed.
48. We can usually tell the difference between a fake smile and a genuine one .
49. 47% of people notice your smile first.
50. We buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste each year.
51. Smiling while talking on the phone makes you sound friendly.
52. Smiling helps you live longer.
53. We can detect smiles from far away.
54. Smiling slows the heart and relaxes the body.
55. Smiling increases productivity.
56. Around 50% of people will smile back if you smile at them.
57. It’s a painkiller and can boost your mood.
58. Smiling makes you seem more trustworthy.
59. Smiling helps the body on a cellular level.
60. The earliest known designer of the smiley is known as Harvey Ball.