When Valerie Wright moved into her home in Norwich in the early 1970s, she knew no one on the block. So she painted a bright, yellow smiley face on her house so that it would warmly greet people as they walked past the corner. She lived there with her five children for twenty years. Residents in the neighborhood nicknamed it the "happy house." Fifty years later, the house still stands with its happy face, albeit faded. "We were complete outsiders when we moved in and I wanted to cheer myself up - as well as others," said Mrs. Wright. "I do like smiley faces - they do make us smile."

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