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I started collecting happy faces somewhere around my junior year of high school, although I got my first happy face when I was around 10 years old.  It's the one in the picture to the right.

Around junior year I had collected a few various stickers from different people, all with happy faces on them, and for some reason stuck them to my headboard. Later after that a few more things found their way to the headboard, and from there it just went all out of proportion.

Now I have tons of happy faces and thank each of you who have contributed to my sadistic fetish. J

History of the Smiley Face

"Have a nice day!" This saying was often paired with the smiley face. The yellow and black smiley face was one of the happiest symbols of the 1970s. It was simply a line drawing of a smiling face: two black dots for eyes over a wide grin.

Advertising artist Harvey Ball designed the smiley face in 1963. At first, the smiley face design was used by itself. Later, the phrase, "Have a nice day!" was added.

The first smiley faces were used to help raise the spirits of office workers in the early 1960s. In the late 1960s, N.G. Slater Corporation began making yellow and black smiley face pins that quickly became a hit with the public. Later, more colors were added.

In 1971, the N.G. Slater Corporation introduced a smiley face pin with "action eyes," plastic eyes that moved. The smiley face became even more popular. Soon, the design popped up on items like mugs, note paper, jewelry, and clothing.

In the 1990s, "retro" fashions-including styles like those worn in the 1960s and 1970s-have made the smiley face popular again.

Smile Facts

It is 2 times easier to smile than to frown.

It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 muscles to smile.

Smiling stimulates our nervous system to produce "cerebral morphine". This hormone gives us a pleasant feeling and has an anesthetic effect.

Aristotle said "Among all animals, only human beings can smile."

A Closing Thought on Smiles
based on the writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

A smile is a special gift we give ourselves and we can give to others. One of the most important things in life is to be able to smile. It is free and everyone can do it. A smile costs nothing but gives much.

It enriches those who receive it, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it.

A smile creates happiness in the home and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.

Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.