These 8 Facts About Smiley Faces Will Perk You Up During This Lousy Winter

These 8 Facts About Smiley Faces Will Perk You Up During This Lousy Winter

Smiley faces are all around us.

We use them in our everyday conversations as a way to express emotion without having to say anything. They're displayed on T-shirts, posters and even candy. But have you ever wondered where the happy symbol originated and how it became such a common image in popular culture?

Here are eight facts about smiley faces to lift your spirits.


2. A decade later, in 1963, a commercial artist named Harvey Ball was hired to design a smiley face to make employees at the State Mutual Life Assurance Company a little happier, according to World Smile Day. In about 10 minutes, Ball drew two dots and a smile into a yellow circle and the smiley face was born. The company produced posters and buttons with the intention of brightening up their employee's moods, not realizing this motivational image would become a happy staple in popular culture.


3. Ball only received $45 for his design, according to The New York Times. He never applied for a trademark or copyright.

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5. In 1971, more than 50 million smiley face buttons were sold, according to the Associated Press.

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6. The smiley face even made an appearance in the 1994 hit "Forest Gump."

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8. As technology's progressed, so has the smiley face.

This is what the many smiley faces look like on an iPhone in 2014:


The smiley face has even made its way to Facebook:

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Have a happy day!

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