Donations Doubled Today! Spontaneous Smiley an Outlet for Optimism, Helps Kids through Operation Smile and Your Uploads

Today only!, a donor is giving $2 for every smiley we all upload!  Please upload as many smileys as you can, we could get some kids facial surgeries they need!  You can change lives right here!  Thanks soooooooo much!

The Spontaneous Smiley Project is a conceptual art piece that lives on the Internet.  It began simply with my sharing my photographs of the Smiley Face as it appears in everyday objects, by forming a group on Facebook (

Two years later the Spontaneous Smiley Project is now thousands of people, from all over the world, photographing and posting their Smiley photographs to

It is an invitation to pay attention to the life you have.  It is an outlet for optimism. It’s not so much about being open to finding the Smileys 24/7 as is it is about being open to finding the Joy 24/7.

With their Smiley photographs, people have shared stories about how the has changed their outlook on life.  I have been touched by all of the comments.  I often feel like I’m kind of a goof, in my own sappy little world.  Then I hear from participants about how much fun and happiness it has given them and I feel like I’m on the right track.

It delights me that so many people are finding the joy in the everyday and that the Spontaneous Smiley Project has given them an outlet to share that joy.

I’ve recently channeled all this happy enthusiasm into helping Operation Smile.  Every Smiley uploaded earns a $1 donation to provide FREEE surgeries to children with facial deformities.

You’re probably wondering how an artist/school teacher could pull this off!  It has come through the generosity of people stepping up to be our sponsor.  A sponsor pledges to cover the $1 per Smiley until one surgery is earned.  It’s a $240 commitment.

I was the first sponsor, then my Orthodontist, then a woman who uploads Smiley frequently, then a dentist, and so on.  So far we have funded 15 surgeries!


Additionally, donations in smaller amounts may be made at:

Editor’s Note: Please do what you can to support this fun website and great cause!  Thanks!

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