World Smile Day has its origins in 1963 when commercial artist Harvey Ball created the smiley face to boost employee morale at work.
The happy yellow “smiley” has since become an iconic symbol of happiness and goodwill around the world. Ball thought everyone should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts, and – in 1999 – declared the first Friday in October World Smile Day.
So, with the key theme of this happy day being “Do an act of kindness and make one person smile!”, I thought I’d tell the world about the People’s Kitchen Charity and how, last weekend, my friends and I shared the food from our own cupboards to help top up their stores for the coming winter months. The Peoples Kitchen provide a vital lifeline of food, friendship and a future to the most disadvantaged, homeless and vulnerable in and around Newcastle.
I think that makes me a World Smile Day Ambassador!
The possibilities are endless so how will you become one?