Smile and the whole world smiles with you

Today is World Smile Day, which was thought up by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts, who’s credited with creating the ubiquitous smiley face logo.

We smile when we’re happy, when we achieve goals and sometimes even in the face of adversity. We crack a smile, grin from ear to ear and fortune can smile down upon us. We can grin like a Cheshire cat or have a subtle Mona Lisa smirk. We smile at things that are funny and when we’re having fun.

Here’s a gallery of photos from recent years of people smiling.

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9/15/2013: Destiny Herrera, a 10-year-old with bone cancer and her mother Sabrina Garcia Herrera, right, releases yellow balloons along with dozens of family, friends and supporters at Woodward Park in Manteca to help raise awareness of childhood cancer.

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2/13/2014: 10-year-old Shyhein Townsend does a backlflip while dancing at the Valentines Dance at the Sierra Vista Center in Stockton.

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3/23/2014: James and Virginia Gormant, married 48 years, participated in a ceremony along with 4 other couples to renew their wedding vows as a part of Black Marriage Day at the Ebenezer African American Episcopal Church in downtown Stockton.

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5/12/2014: 1st grader Aaron Johnson lets a chicken sit on his hand at the 12th annual Ag Day at Great Valley School in Weston Ranch.

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5/8/2014: East Union’s Meghan Wallace, left, celebrates with teammate Isela Rivera after Wallace scored a goal during a girls varsity Div. IV playoff soccer game against Bear River at East Union’s Dino Cunial Stadium in Manteca.

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8/30/2014: Kathy Holcomb hugs Tom, a chihuahua/shorthair mix at the Stockton Animal Shelter’s block party.

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8/13/2014: Contortionist Nate Nordine performs with the Stockton Symphony in the Cirque de la Symphonie concert at Atherton Auditorium on the campus of Delta College in Stockton.

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10/23/2014: Aracely Benavides of Stockton looks at the partial solar eclipse through a pair of special mylar glasses at the Stockton Astronomical Society’s eclipse viewing party at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton.

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2/7/2015: McNair High “athletes” Jeremy Seng, left, and Keana Murzi high-five each other after answering a question correctly in the Academic Decathlon super quiz at the Lathrop High School gym in Lathrop.

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2/11/2015: Annie Loewen, 16, of Stockton takes a selfie with the San Francisco Giant’s three World Series trophies on display at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.

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3/20/2015: Bear Creek varsity softball players Stephanie Ruelos, left, and Natalie Alvarez, left, apply glitter to the eye black athletic face grease of teammate Allison Watkins before the opening ceremonies of the Rivals United To Fight Breast Cancer softball tournament at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.

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5/18/2015: Bear Creek High senior Amelia Cook, far left, takes a selfie with 11 of her classmates during an assembly at Julia Morgan Elementary School in Stockton. The graduating seniors, who were among the first to go to the elementary school, were honored in ceremony at the school.

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6/20/2015: Larry Meadows with the Zydeco Flames band performs on the rubboard during a performance at the Isleton Cajun and Blues Festival held at he E2 Winery in Lodi.

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6/25/2015: 12-year-old Leyla Ayala of Lodi cools off by sliding down the water slide at the Anthony N. Gora Aquatic Center in Galt.

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10/1/2015: 14-year-old Subhkarman Singh of Stockton pokes his head through a cutout of a reproduction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa on display as part of the Frames: Step into art exhibit at the Haggin Museum in Stockton.

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10/30/2015: Stockton Police officer Pilar Battaglini, front, leads a flash mob dance put on by the police in front of Barnes and Noble in the Weberstown Mall in Stockton in conjunction with a book fair to raise money for a new juvenile hall.

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2/16/2016: 104-year-old Mary Carigiet was given a birthday party by Kim Morenzone’s 5th grade class at St. Anthony of Padua School in Manteca

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3/18/2016: Kohl Open School students Daelon Finister, left, and Dat Nguyen, both 10, sprint to the finish of the Art Cordero Memorial 5K run/walk on the Calaveras River bike path in Stockton as a part of the school’s 11th annual Day In The Dirt field day.

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3/20/2016: Emmalee Yang with the Nkauj Hmoob Pacific dance group performs a Hmong dance at Draw It Out’s An Afternoon of Music and Dance event at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds in Stockton.

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6/2/2016: Graduating seniors Kati Enright, left, and Quin Davies pose for a picture taken by classmate Natalie Coleman before the start of the graduation ceremony at Linden High School.

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6/16/2016: Graduated firefighters congratulate each other after graduation ceremonies of the Stockton Fire Department’s Regional Fire Academy at the Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium in downtown Stockton.

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7/2/2016: Nat Bolden sings at the Red, White and Blues Festival at the Waterfront Warehouse in downtown Stockton.

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8/3/2016: Volunteer Janet Saga makes some of nearly 3,000 kuri manju Japanese pastries in preparation for the Stockton Buddhist Temple’s annual Cultural and Food Bazaar and Obon Festival

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8/28/2016: 11-year-old Jeremy Hungate pilots his homemade craft in the 7th annual Stockton Bathtub Race held at the Louis Park boat ramp in Stockton.

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10/5/2016: Boxing legends Alvaro “Yaqui” Lopez, left, Leon Spinks, and his brother Micahel Spinks meet at Lopez’s Fat City Gym in downtown Stockton.

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