by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Eleven

When I smile, I can make better choices.

Choices are everywhere in my world — developing strategies, selecting goals and objectives, uncovering options, and constructing plans are all part of the personality function of making decisions.

Smiling gives me a quiet internal realization that the common everyday choices I make actually determine the kind of world I live in.

Smiling alerts me that I need never give away my free will choice to persons or forces that inhibit my forward spiritual growth.

Smiling gently nudges me toward aligning my will with God’s will, and therein finding the healthiest and the most abundant way of living.

I am best when I choose God’s way, God’s relationship, and God’s values as my guiding principles for living fully… smiling helps me in that quest.

Smile – it increases your face value.
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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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