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☺️ Smiling Face emoji

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What does ☺️ Smiling Face emoji mean?

The smiling emoji feels all warm and fuzzy inside. This emoji is used to express positive feelings, from happiness to gratitude to affection. Because of its rosy cheeks, some people use the emoji to convey mild embarrassment.

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Where does ☺️ Smiling Face emoji come from?

pink background with white smiley emoji on it

The smiling face emoji is an old-timer, at least as far as the internet is concerned.

It originated in Unicode 1.1 in 1993 as ☺, called the white smiling face not because of skin tone but because of its white background, in contrast to ☻, or black smiling face. Internet users sometimes still use ☺ to be retro and older platforms may automatically generate ☺ if you type the smiley emoticon, :).

The white smiling face emoji evolved into the now familiar yellow-faced smiley in the 2000s, coming into wide release under Unicode 6.0 in 2010. Across platforms, the white smiling face emoji has a slightly open-mouthed smile, relaxed eyes and eyebrows, and pink cheeks, leading some to think it’s flushed or blushing.

White smiling face emoji appears happier than slightly smiling face emoji, 🙂, but a bit less joyed than smiling face with smiling eyes emoji, 😊, if you’re keeping track of these things.

Examples of ☺️ Smiling Face emoji

☺: please try to make someone smile today
@xlawrzy, December, 2017

my cats are now in competition over my lap....bless winter ☺

@xpatriciah, December, 2017

Seeing sweet elderly couples still together and in love is one of my favorite things ☺

@jessie_lambert, December, 2016

Who uses ☺️ Smiling Face emoji?

In texts and social media, the white smiling face emoji gets used to show a wide range of feelings of happiness, enjoyment, pleasure, and contentment.

Because of those cheeks, the emoji can also be used when something makes you blush.

Excitement and feeling blessed are also on the emotional palette of white smiling face emoji.

So is cuteness. Just look at this widdle pupper!

White smiling face also has its sweet side, wishing love and peace.

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