ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

This story is so weird you couldn't even make a movie about it; it's eerie and bizarre but also kind of telling of the lengths people will go to for happiness. Read on for the strange tale of the Smile Club in the City of Suicides...

After World War I, many people suffered PTSD and depression

This was particularly bad in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, which saw a terrible spate of people taking their own lives. The rates were so high, Budapest became known as 'The City of Suicides.'


The Hungarian government decided to help: the Smile Club was born

They invented the 'Smile Club,' with the aim of teaching people how to be happy again. This involved actual classes with diagrams of different shapes and sizes of smiles.


Examples of 'great smilers' included Roosevelt and Mona Lisa!

It seems like a very odd idea, but bizarre times call for bizarre measures, I guess. We're still learning more and more about mental illness every day and I guess the post-war Smile Club folks were just doing their best... it is undeniably creepy-looking, though! What do you guys think?


Do you think that a 'Smile Club' could be helpful for improving people's moods?

Sources: Imgur, Viralnova


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