5 Things That Make Me Smile

Happy World Smile Day! What in the heck is World Smile Day? I'm so glad you asked!

As is well 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.
— World Smile Corporation

What a beautiful idea that deserves to be celebrated! So, here are five things that make me smile.

1. This Song

"I care a lot, use an analog clock
And never know when to stop"

2. This Show 

Y'all. THIS SHOW. Ok, it also makes me cry but so, so, so much beautiful smiling. It is the most vulnerable, intimate, fantastic show about family I've ever seen and I've seen A LOT of television.

3. Fall

Everything is still mostly green but there's the teeniest, tiniest bit of fall colors peaking out if you look closely.

4. Moment of Happiness email from Gretchen Rubin

My love of Gretchen Rubin is well-documented but I just recently subscribed to her daily Moment of Happiness email and I absolutely love it. Everyone morning I smile from the humor, intelligence, or wit of her daily quotation selection. Subscribe. You will not regret it. 

5. Y'all

Seriously, I love all of you so much and I wanted to my World Smile Day act of kindness to include you somehow! SO, I'm going to giveaway 5 $5 Starbucks gift cards to 5 lucky readers.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling everyone something that makes you smile! Giveaway ends at midnight CST TONIGHT (10/3/2014).