World Smile Day shows us the incredible and unique power of a Simple Smile!

It’s Annual World Smile Day! HOORAY!!

Yes, the first Friday of every October has been declared World Smile Day, thanks to Mr Harvey Ball!

Ummmm . . . so, who’s Harvey Ball again?

Well, Harvey Ball was the US-born artist who created the Smiley Face 🙂 waaaay back in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.

He came up with the idea of World Smile Day almost 30 years later in 1999, after thinking his creation was losing it’s feel-good vibe and becoming over-commercialized.

Unfortunately, Harvey died in 2001, and the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation, a non-profit charity, was started in his honour.

Which brings me to Jay Weinstein.

Mumbai-based photographer Jay Weinstein has created a delightful photographic celebration of the alluring power of a simple smile.

His goal is to recreate the mindset from which we view a stranger, and then witness as our assumptions transform with their smile.

‘. . . he was transformed. His face radiated warmth, his eyes sparkled with a humor I had completely missed. Even his posture softened. I knew then what my next project would be’

No names. No occupations. No confirmed religions or ethnicity. No intriguing life-lessons or heart-strumming anecdotes.

Traveling through India and Nepal, Jay has perfectly captured faces transformed by that simplest of pleasures – a smile.

Just one human face. Without, and With, a smile.

Visit Jay’s website or his Facebook page So I asked them to smile for more of these gorgeous pics. He’s also on Instagram if you’d like to check out some of his other work!

Yamuna River, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Yamuna River, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Govardhan Hill, Uttar Pradesh, India
Govardhan Hill, Uttar Pradesh, India
Jagannath Puri, Odisha, India
Jagannath Puri, Odisha, India
Kakhsar Village, Gujarat, India
Kakhsar Village, Gujarat, India
Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Shahi mosque, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India
Shahi mosque, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India
Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha, India
Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha, India
Kakhsar, Gujarat, India
Kakhsar, Gujarat, India
Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Bagru village, Rajasthan, India
Bagru village, Rajasthan, India
Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Vrindavan, Uttar-Pradesh, India
Vrindavan, Uttar-Pradesh, India
Kakhsar village, Gujarat, India
Kakhsar village, Gujarat, India

Happy World Smile Day everyone, and thanks for the smiles Jay – the world needs more of them, that’s for sure! 🙂

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