Girl smiling, holding a smiley face balloon

Global grins — World Smile Day 2018

The smiley face icon was first created by Massachusetts commercial artist Harvey Ball in 1963.

And the beaming yellow ball has been busy ever since — from reminding us that ‘Glasgow’s Miles Better’ to transforming the way we text each other through emojis.

But Harvey originally envisaged it as a global symbol of happiness and good will — and as a reminder, decided in 1999 that the first Friday in October each year should be World Smile Day.

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