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Thank you for visiting the online home of The Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation.

This site contains information about the Foundation, its mission, and activities.  Also provided is information and links for Smiley Licensing and Merchandising.

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About World Smile Day®

As is Harvey Ballwell known by now throughout the world Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.

As the years passed Harvey Ball became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, and how its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace.  Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that we, all of us, should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world.  The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion.  Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we.  He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®. Ever since that first World Smile Day® held in 1999, it has continued every year in Smiley's hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.

After Harvey died in 2001, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was created to honor his name and memory.  The Foundation continues as the official sponsor of World Smile Day® each year.

This website was created to provide information about  World Smile Day®, Harvey Ball and Smiley.  Browse the archives to learn more about past World Smile Day® events, Smiley and his creator - Harvey Ball.  And be sure to join the celebration this year on Friday, October 4th, and "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile"!

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Smiley CafeWe offer a variety of smiley branded clothing items, merchandise, and World Smile Day items through Cafe Press.

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smiley stamp cafeIn addition to the Smiley Cafe we offer additional branded items including US postage stamps through Zazzle..

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We encourage manufacturers to consider using our smiley logos on products and we encourage retailers to consider carrying those products.

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