My stage name and design label, Princess WOW, which was given to me many years ago, is smile inducing.(Ok, dear readers, my other name is Mindy Fradkin, I will tell you one day how Princess WOW came to me)
My colorful attire is intentional, cheerful and fun.
I have had a few cars I call WOW mobiles, with smile quotes and flowers to help passersby smile and think about smiling more.
A show I created in 1990, called a Hat Happening, has been featured in New York Times, Good Day New York. and more, creates smiles and laughter. My designer hats make people smile, and are uplifting to others…
I began this movement, but it belongs to the world. I am greatful to the Beacon Peace Awards for nomination The Smile Revolution, and all of these other wonderful organizations who are all about bringing peace to our troubled world. May we all remember to give and receive many sweet smiles in our times, and may we all individually be part of the shift to Peace, and Happiness on our planet. Thanks Dad! Without your last smile, none of this would have happened!
was a man in San Francisco who wanted to commit suicide, and said if
one person smiles are me, I will not jump off the bridge. That is the
power of a simple smile.
My blog started in 2006, I had a radio
show on 1490 am in Kingston, New York to promote The Smile Revolution
from 2006-2008 with luminaries such as Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, David
Amram, Arlo Guthrie, Buffy St. Marie, Neale Donald
Walsch, Tom Pacheco, & Roland Mousaa, who brought many of them on
board. I want to especially thank Roland who has helped so much in this
movement. Music IS joy, and I wanted to create music and promote
uplifting lyrics, so Roland and I started writing and singing smile
songs, and produced two Smile Concerts, one with Pete Seeger, and
friends, and one if Greenwich Village at Le Poisson Rouge with the
legendary late Sid Bernstein, Richard Barone, Roland, Deni Bonet, Daniel
Goodman, Constance Hauman, and many more amazing musicians.
When people ask me how I am? I usually say, I am blessed and so are you, because so often people tend to complain and focus on what is not good. It helps to be able to smile when you are focused on the good.
Here is a quote from Albert Schweitzer, “I hear people say, Oh, if I were only rich, I would do great things to help people.” But we can be rich in love and generosity. From a feeling of embarrassment, we hesitate to approach a stranger. The fear of being repulsed is the cause of a great deal of coldness in the world. The doors of the heart need to be opened. Begin anywhere.” End of quote.
When I interviewed Pete Seeger, he considered getting up and leaving, saying he was not the right person for this. I prayed. I proceeded to tell him how the idea started with my Dad’s last smile, he then understood. He said, “Maybe you learn something by learning how to smile.” He also said, “There can be many smile revolutions.” And there are!
We have had many supporters who know who they are, and I want to thank them, and we have had detractors as well. It’s the cynical thought that is pervasive in our society, and happiness and joy seem to be something not to be desired. People are often suspicious of smiles, and yes, there are fake ones out there too! But, it’s starting to change, and the new Happiness music video, by Pharrell Williams, has had over 250 million views recently! Yeah!
There is too much violence, hatred, and animosity in our country, as we all know. How can we all help further this cause and really witness a True Smile Revolution while we walk in our times….It’s a spiritual revolution…materialism IS waning. The New Era is appearing. We need more awakened souls to love one another and let us learn to forgive. Yes, it’s HARD, but it’s the only way that works for yourself and others.
The idea for this movement started on my Dad’s deathbed in 2005. He rarely smiled since he had a terrible tragedy as a child and never really got over it. It affected me as well, and I had a difficult time smiling, and learning to be happy. The last time I saw him conscious, he gave me a big grin, and that smile changed my life for the better. A few days later, I was performing my one woman Hat Happening show for an independent film, and out of my mouth came, “We need a Smile Revolution in the world!”
As the founder, my job is to help awaken others to find their joy, and to see that smiling with love, is contagious, and health inducing.
We need, as a society, to be more selfless and caring. If we think of our neighbors as brothers and sisters, and realize that we all affect one another for good by blessings them, or choosing to do wrong by cursing them, which curses yourself.
When asked, “What is the most important question one can raise concerning the future of the human
race?” Albert Einstein said, “Is the universe friendly?”
Here’s a quote from Jean Monnet
“When an idea corresponds to the needs of the times, it is no longer the property of the person
who discovered it, and stronger than those responsible for it.”
When people ask me how I am, I say, I am blessed and so are you, because so often people tend to complain and focus on what is not good. It helps you to be able to smile when you are focused on the good.
Here’s a quote from Albert Schweitzer, ” I hear people say, Oh, if I were only rich, I would do great things to help people.” But, we can be rich in love and generosity. From a feeling of embarrassment, we hesitate to approach a stranger. The fear of being repulsed is the cause of a great deal of coldness in the world. The doors of the heart need to be opened. Begin anywhere.”
The following is from a book called, “Where The Sidewalk Ends” A children’s book
Hug O’ War
I will not play at tug o’war
I’d rather play at hug o’ war
where everyone hugs
instead of tugs.
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone GRINS,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone WINS.
THE SMILE REVOLUTION WON A PEACE AWARD AT THE
BEACON PEACE AWARDS!
Beacon Peace Awards, Sunday, May 18th, Howland Center, Beacon, New York
10 Organizations and people will accept their peace award for promoting peace!