The weather may be dreich, but Saturday, November 2, is Scotland’s Happiness Day - and the winners of the Smile Awards have been chosen.
With more than 100 nominations the task of choosing a winner was almost impossible for Awards founder Kim Macleod and her Happiness Team.
But those reckoned to be particularly worthy of the honourv include inspirational Mary MacFarlane for Glasgow and Clyde Valley, and Anthea Clarke for Ayrshire and Arran.
Along with other regional winners they’ll receive their accolade at a high profile awards ceremony in Glasgow on November 2 (further details at www.scotlandshappinessday.com).
Meanwhile Kim sends her thanks to local nominees including June Moore, founder of the Alchemy self-help group in Motherwell, as well as veteran guide leader Elzabeth Blades and care centre duo Janice McGeough and Maureen Hassan.
They may not have won overall, but coverage of their achievements in Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker have given them the public recognition many feel they are due.
Each of our nominees has demonstrated the capacity to bring happiness to others in significant ways - often (as in the case of the care workers, and the long-serving Guides leader, going well beyond the normal confines of the job to deliver something special.
June Moore’s contribution is all the more impressive, meanwhile, because she surmounted personal difficulties and unhappiness to act as an inspiration for others.
And in that sense they are all worthy winners.