Since 1999, people everywhere celebrate World Smile Day. It takes place on the first Friday in October in 2018—that’s today! Smiling should not be a luxury, and everyone should have the opportunity to smile daily. So today, let’s put a smile on faces around the world!History of World Smile Day You have probably seen the smiley face J before. We use it every day while chatting with friends or posting something online. The creator of this iconic emoticon is Harvey Ball, the same person who coined World Smile Day.His intention in creating the smiley face wasn’t just a fun design. It was also an ideological statement. He wanted to demonstrate that a smile knows no race, gender, or political views. When the smiley face emoticon became extremely commercialized, he found another way to carry the idea on. He encouraged the celebration of World Smile Day every first Friday in October.Today, his foundation continues the search for universal smiles.Share a smile today The goal of the day is to remind everyone to smile. But, it is also an opportunity to share a smile with others. So today, whether you are at work or at home, try to put a smile on someone’s face. You can do this through a joke, a kind act, or through heartfelt emotion. It’s up to you!Additionally, there are hundreds of events taking place around the world to put smiles on people’s faces. Check here to see if there is one near you. If not, you can still get involved online, at work, or at school. You can use this handy toolkit that will help you to share smiles with others. Alternatively, here are some social media opportunities to promote World Smile Day 2018.Humanitarians deliver smiles Humanitarians workers and volunteers have one main goal—to alleviate pain and suffering and help others. Through their compassion, they make people’s lives better. Humanitarian actions have the power to put smiles on people’s faces because when we lend a helping hand, the world smiles.A smile should not be a luxury enjoyed by only a few. Every person should have the right to feel happy and smile. Simple acts of kindness, such as sharing a meal, can make someone smile. But bigger steps can bring longer-term happiness.The amazing humanitarians whom we work with do just that. They raise children out of poverty, help women find their agency, and support communities achieve a better quality of life. Often, they also save lives in post-disaster or conflict areas. They share their compassion, love, and smiles.At Raptim, we are proud to work with these incredible individuals and organizations who deliver smiles every day. Fortunately, we receive many compliments from our clients that also make us proud.Stories that will make you smile On the World Day of Smiles 2018, we would also like to share a smile or a few. Here are some stories that will surely make you smile (and maybe shed a tear or two also).29 Beautiful Stories that Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity by Success.com Many refugees fled Sudan during the armed conflict. Many lost connections with their loved ones. But today, you can read about a Sudanese family reunited again after 4 years apart.Remember the Oscar-nominated film Lion? Find out about Saroj Sood’s Indian Society for Sponsorship and Adoption. The boy who was adopted and found his birth mother in India now helps orphans find homes.14 Stories from the Refugee Crisis that Will Give You Hope for Humanity The refugee crisis around the world has been a hot topic in the news. Most stories horrify us and make us wonder if there is any hope left. Here are a few to make you smile.Learn about the Spanish lifeguard who has saved dozens of refugees in Greece, and find out how Syrian volunteers are helping children to stay in school in spite of the conflict.Stories of Life from the Australian Red Cross Helping others is one of the best things a person can do. Find out the motivation behind volunteers and staff who work at the Australian Red Cross.We Want to Help You Bringing a Smile Where it is Needed MostWe believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most. As a global humanitarian travel organization, we devote ourselves to serving those who serve the world in a way that is safe. Our experienced staff can be reached at any given time. Please use our quick address locator to contact your nearest Raptim office should you have any questions. You can also follow our blog for more stories and travel information.