If you need a reason to smile, the sign might be right in front of you Thursday afternoon. A group called Make DC Smile will be gathering in Ballston in an effort to brighten up the day of passersby.
As reported in the Washington Post earlier this year, 29-year-old Massoud Adibpour and his friends set out on a mission to bring joy to seemingly overworked and unhappy people in the District. They have posted inspirational signs around town and have been spotted in high traffic areas holding signs with smile-inducing phrases such as “Honk if you love someone” and “Do more of what makes you happy.”
The Make DC Smile Facebook page says the following: “No one ever looks forward to sitting in traffic and going to work on Monday morning. What started as a simple bucket list idea to hold the sign ‘Honk if you love someone’ at a busy DC intersection has turned into a weekly movement to get commuters starting their week off with a smile.”
On Thursday, the happy volunteers will make their first appearance in Arlington. They will be holding signs at the corner of N. Glebe Road and Fairfax Drive in Ballston from 5:15-6:30 p.m. It’s also noted that this will be the group’s first smile session during the afternoon rush hour.
The Make DC Smile website isn’t up and running yet, but the group hopes to launch it by the end of November. Once the site is functional, visitors can download and print all of the positive signs in English, as well as other languages like Spanish, French, German, Arabic and Farsi.
The Facebook page says the group is working on a number of other projects. To get involved or to offer idea suggestions, email makeDCsmile@gmail.com.