The weather is getting better, many businesses are starting to open, remote learning is almost over, kids are graduating from school — and there are many reasons to smile right now. Therefore, it should be easy to celebrate Smile Power Day on June 15. Did you know that a smile can add years to your life and make you or someone else a happier person? A smile can also change a person’s mood, improve relationships, and in business, a smile sends a great customer service message. Make sure to smile when you are not wearing a mask – with so many masks being worn these days, seeing a smile on someone’s lips isn’t as common as it once was. How will you be celebrating Smile Power Day?

Below are some ideas for celebrating Smile Power Day, courtesy of The Goddard School in West Orange’s, “Things to Do with Kids” column. 

  • Take a socially distanced walk around the block and smile at everyone you see.
  • Have your kids wave and smile at your neighbors across the street.
  • Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and watch how fast it makes them smile.
  • Write a note to a friend or loved one about how special they are to you, or have your kids write one to a parent, grandparent, another loved one or friend, and help them mail it or email it. It will make them all smile.
  • Help your child make a gift for a friend and help them drop it off on their doorstep.
  • Suggest that your child calls a friend, set up a family Zoom call or create a Facebook Room – to socialize and see each other smile during the call.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

The next time you sit down for a family dinner, toss out some of these facts to spark a lively and informative family conversation. After dinner, look up some of these dates and facts and explore the historical moments as a family.

  • Pioneer 10 became the first satellite to leave the solar system on June 13, 1983.
  • The U. S. Army was formed on June 14, 1775.
  • Isaac Fischer Jr. patented sandpaper in June 1834.
  • Benjamin Grushkin patented Chlorophyll on June 14, 1938.
  • Walt Disney's, “Bambi,” was released on June 14, 1942.
  • George Washington was appointed the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army on June 15, 1775.
  • “Ghostbusters II” premiered on June 15, 1989.
  • The Statute of Liberty arrived in New York City on June 17, 1885.
  • King John signed the Magna Carta on June 17, 1215.
  • The first American fly-casting tournament was held in Utica, NY. On June 18, 1861.
  • Women's rights advocate Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting in Rochester, N.Y. on June 18, 1873.
  • Sally Ride became the first woman in space on June 18, 1983.
  • Assyrians recorded a solar eclipse on June 15, 763 BC, that was later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.
  • On June 19, 1865, Union general Gordon Granger read orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. June 19th is now a national holiday known as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day — to memorialize this historic event.