Joy is contagious. And kids? Kids are probably the most potent joy-makers on earth.

We wanted to bring you some pure, unabashed, child-kindled joy. What better way to do that then for us to gather some photos of these contagious smiles, bright eyes and happy hearts from around the world!


June Rey is wearing a white shirt and is sitting inside his home with a big smile.

A picture-perfect smile in the Philippines. (Photographer: Edwin Estioko)

Two girls are seen here, seated in an open doorway to the church/project. The girls are both wearing dresses, one is wearing yellow and the other is wearing red. They are smiling and have their arms around one another, and have tossed confetti into the air.

This belly laugh in Uganda. (Photographer: Helen Manson)

A group of children are laying together in the grass, laughing and playing.

A giggle fit in Brazil. (Photographer: Sara Navarro)

A girl in a blue uniform shirt is standing in a doorway and smiling broadly.

This sweet smile in Colombia. (Photographer: Ryan Johnson)

A boy in a blue jacket and gray hat is sitting at a desk in a classroom.

A bundled-up grin in Bolivia. (Photographer: Ian Johnson)

A large group of children playing with bubbles outside the project. They are happy and smiling, and jumping with their arms up.

Fun with bubbles in Peru. (Photographer: Betsy Grandez & Jonatan Ruiz)

A little boy poses for a photo in front of a building. There are a few green trees in the background. He is wearing pink and red shirts.

This dimpled smile in Kenya. (Photographer: Tim Mitchell)

A young girl in a red shirt is laughing as she plays outside in the yard.

Nose-scrunched amusement in Indonesia. (Photographer: Ben Adams)

A group of girls is laughing while playing a game together.

This contagious laughter with girls in Kenya. (Photographer: Ben Adams)

A baby with her hair standing up on her head sits on the floor. Two other babies can be seen behind her.

These big, brown eyes in Ghana. (Photographer: Chuck Bigger)

A boy in red smiles while holding onto his bike handles.

An ear-to-ear smile in Indonesia. (Photographer: Daniel Robson)

A group of boys are all laughing and are happy. One boy is holding his fingers up to his lips.

These mischievous faces in Kenya. (Photographer: Tim Mitchell)

A baby is smiling at the camera in front of a wooden wall.

A bundle of joy in Indonesia. (Photographer: Vera Aurima)

A baby is wearing a white shirt and a black bib. He is smiling at the camera. He is playing outside and is surrounded by survival program mothers.

This infectious smile in Peru. (Photographer: Jonatan Ruiz)



Our world is sweeter with little scrunched-up noses, dimpled cheeks and twinkling eyes. Don’t you agree? Children are experts at spreading joy so we left it to the experts to warm your heart and lift your spirits.

Share these smiling faces with someone who needs a pick-me-up today!

Written by: Rebekah Malbrecht

Rebekah Malbrecht is a Content Specialist at Compassion Canada. She loves to wrestle with words, shape stories and document happiness. You're bound to find her where there are books, people and birthday cake.