World Smile Day is Coming!

For years I have been a huge Smiley Face fan and of Harvey Ball, the icon’s creator. More than just a trivial drawing, Ball’s Smiley has been morphed into a worldwide movement celebrating joy and happiness. That movement reaches its zenith each year on October 2, World Smile Day. The spirit of the day is to do random acts of kindness for people. Of course, it would be great to carry this effort through to the entire year, but if we can get people, religious and non-religious to do more good deeds for even one day, that is a win-win in my book.

Apart from doing good deeds, just trying to get people to smile more is a big plus. Science now tells us there are real health benefits to smiling. With all the troubles in this world, it would be easy for some to lose their desire to smile. But love conquers hate and joy trumps sadness. Sometimes getting someone to smile is as easy as smiling at them ourselves. And for everyday stewards, spreading the joy of the Lord we hold in our hearts is a must. Joy is contagious!

So, you have one month before the big day. As an official ambassador of World Smile Day, which you can be too just by saying you want to be, I invite you to make your little corner of the world happier on October 2 and every other day of the year. The website link embedded above will take you to resources to help celebrate it officially with friends, school children, family, and even parishioners. If you find all this silly and trivial, I’ll bet you are someone who really needs to smile more! Life is beautiful! Don’t be so serious!

For the Smiley Face song click HERE!

The 2015 Official Poster

The 2015 Official Poster

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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