10 Ways to Celebrate National Smile Week

National Smile Week takes place in the second week of August. In our faces, there are 44 muscles that enable 5,000 different expressions and many of these expressions are smiles. When happy, your body pumps out feel-good endorphins. Smiling is contagious and the easiest way to get someone else to smile is to smile at them. Here are some ways to celebrate:


1. Random acts of kindness

This is great to do any day, but come up with creative ways to make others smile. You could leave a dollar on top of a vending machine with a note that says "smile!", if you see someone carrying big boxes you could help them, you could bring treats to your local animal shelter, give the person delivering your mail a drink on a hot day, or anything else you can think of. Here are some more ideas!

2. Spread more kindness

Kid President shows us ways we can spread more kindness in the video "Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often".

3. Emoji art

There are so many ways to create do-it-yourself art with smiley faces on them. Designing a lip balm case, emoji pillows, room décor, and more. Be creative; you can put smiley faces on so many different things!

4. Have a no laughing contest

This may seem counterintuitive, but have a contest where you compete against someone else while hearing jokes and see who laughs first. To make it more exciting, competitors can hold water in their mouths, so when they laugh, they will spit it out. You may be surprised how quickly someone can't hold in their laughter, and how contagious it can really be!

5. Watch videos that are sure to make you smile

In this video, SoulPancake compiled clips of happy videos, and made a video called, "How Long Can You Last Without Smiling?"

6. Smile baking

There are many ways to use smiles in baking. Here is a recipe for smiley face cookies. Share them with others and hopefully they will bring smiles to their faces!

7. Smile cooking

Try and think of creative ways to incorporate smiles into cooking. Here is a recipe for smiley face French fries that everyone will love!

8. Take care of your smile

Make sure you are brushing your teeth, flossing, and going to the dentist to take care of your smile!

9. Decorate your house with smiles

Display photos around the house of you, your family, and your friends smiling. Here are some fun ideas for creating wall displays for your photos!

10. Smile out of gratitude

Smile for everything you are grateful for. Here are some ways to be more grateful and happy:

Be the reason someone smiles, especially during National Smile Week! A little smile goes a long way. As Will Ferrell said in "Elf", "I just like to smile! Smiling's my favorite!"

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