by Richard P. Johnson

The best medicine for healing the emotional
and spiritual “insult” of our current pandemic

Day Ten

When I smile, I start to feel better connected
to God and to others.

Smiling triggers deeper connections between and among others and me, and fosters a more penetrating connection with God.

Connection with others is a requirement of my being; it’s as necessary as the very air that I breathe.

Connection with God is my true heart’s desire.

Smiling affords me the experience of true spiritual connection with others by helping me recognize that there is a “spiritual something” in me that is “in sync” with a similar “spiritual something” in another person.

Smiling ignites the intangible power that moves me closer to both God’s children and to God as well.

Smiling lets me step back from my self-serving ways and see the Christ in another human being, indeed in every human being.

When this happens, I’m elevated to another plane of living, a plane that offers me a new vantage point on my life and a new discernment of spirit.

Smile – sunshine is good for your teeth.
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From The Power of Smiling: Using Positive Psychology For Optimal Health & Healing by Richard P. Johnson, PhD


About the author

Dr. Johnson is nationally recognized for his pioneering work in Healing and Medical Behavioral Sciences. As Director of Behavioral Medicine at a large teaching medical center, Dr. Johnson was responsible for teaching medical interns and residents the “art” of medicine. He has taught hundreds of persons interested in healing. His fresh ideas and enthusiasm for the spiritual aspects of adult development and healing have inspired scores of maturing adults to follow their hearts and live more abundant lives. He is a dynamic, engaging, and compassionate teacher who delights in seeing his students grow personally and spiritually. He has written many articles and over 40 books all focused upon God’s expansive grace. Dr. Johnson is a devoted Catholic Christian; he and his wife Sandra live in St. Louis, they have three grown children and six grandchildren. Dr. Johnson holds a doctorate degree in clinical counseling from the University of Florida; he was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Indiana in 2010.

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