Today I Learned...
A smile is the most contagious thing in the world. It can change someone’s day!
World Smile Day falls on October 7th and we're sharing some positivity with fun facts about smiles—along with suggestions for celebrating!
Smiling can lift your mood!
Did you know that when you smile, neurotransmitters called endorphins are created that cause feelings of pleasure?
In other words, our brain tells us that smiling will make us feel better!
So next time you're feeling down, try cracking a grin and seeing what happens. You might be surprised at how good you feel afterward!
Smiling is actually contagious.
Smiling has the power to elevate your mood and the moods of others. Humans are actually hardwired to mimic the expressions of other people.
So, it is scientifically proven that smiles are contagious!
Don't believe us? Here's research to back it up.
Smiling can boost your immune system.
Smiling can boost your health by improving the functioning of your immune system, lowering stress levels, and releasing feel-good chemicals into your body.
So...ever wondered why smiley faces are yellow?
Smiley faces are usually colored yellow because this color is a symbol of cheerfulness!
The yellow smiley icon was born in 1963, when Harvey Ball—a graphic designer from Worcester, Massachusetts—was approached by State Mutual Life Assurance Company with the task of creating a morale booster for employees.
The logic behind the smiley face is almost laughably simple: "I made a circle with a mouth on yellow paper because it was sunny and bright," Ball once told the Associated Press (Source: CNN).
And actually, World Smile Day came about as a response to Harvey's creation of the smiley face!
Celebrate World Smile Day and send a smile to someone who needs it most!
Celebrate World Smile Day by giving away a smile - whether that's your best friend, a family member, or even just a stranger in your community!
Be sure to participate in the celebration this year on Friday, October 7th 2022, and do an act of kindness. Help one person smile!
Then, you can share what you did on social media by using the hashtag #worldsmiledaychallenge. Check out the hashtag to bring some positivity to your day and see the other acts of kindness people did!