World Smile Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in October. In 2019, this day falls on October 4. The reason for this day was to move away from the marketing of the smiley face and use it as a symbol of kindness and affection.
It was first launched in 1999 by smiley face creator Harvey Ball, the party celebrates the goal behind the icon now seen everywhere – to bring smiles to the faces of people around the world.
Importance of World Smile Day
The reason for this day was to move away from the marketing of the smiley face and use it as a symbol of kindness and affection.
The smiley face started out in 1963 as a way to expand the insurance of workers in a life insurance organization. Today, it is one of the best-known non-verbal approaches for conveying joy, happiness, and joy. The smiley face started out as a bright yellow circle with two spots to represent the eyes and a black line that represents a smiling mouth.
There is a wide range of versions of the smiley face, representing many other human emotions such as sadness, surprise, stress, and laughter. In modern messaging, smileys are used to express emotions in online chats on a cell phone or on a PC. The practice has its origin in Japan, and smileys and various icons are known as emoji.
Celebrating World Smile Day
The day can be celebrated by making people around you smile, doing a random act of kindness, buying a stranger a coffee, giving someone compliments, giving your seat to someone on the bus , surprising a family member with a visit, cooking a meal for them, or doing something special for them and this can very well be done as well by donating your time or potentially cash to a local association non-profit.
Science of a smile
The science behind our smile stems from the creation of endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that transmit signals starting with one neuron and then to the next. Neurotransmitters play a fundamental role in our central nervous system.
Endorphins are produced in response to specific circumstances, for example, stress, fear or agony. Endorphins block torment, but on the other hand, they are responsible for our feelings of pleasure.
When we exercise or participate in a specific activity in the bedroom, for example, endorphins are released. They are released from the pituitary gland, your spinal cord, and through different parts of your brain and nervous system.
The relationship between a smile and endorphins is where we find ourselves in a happy environment – these neural signals are sent to our facial muscles to trigger a smile. This triggers the onset of a positive mood. Strangely, when our smiling muscles contract, they send a signal back to the brain and thus stimulate our reward system. This has a positive multiplier impact; by increasing our level of endorphins.