by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Thirteen

When I smile, I activate my internal healing system.

I know that the most powerful healing generator is right within me.

Medications, potions, exercise, stress reduction, healthy relationships are all factors in the equation for healing, but the glue that holds it all together is faith, and my smile confirms my bedrock faith.

Jesus always told the people whom he healed that it was their faith that healed them. I believe that Jesus smiled when he said those words.

Carrying a smile with me on my journey stimulates all the mechanisms for healing in me: my immune system, indeed all the systems of my body, my centered personality, my beliefs, attitudes and values, and much more.

In short, my smile pulls me toward that most valued gift from God… the gift of faith, the ultimate healing power there is.

No matter how grouchy you’re feeling,
you’ll find the smile more or less healing.
It grows in a wreath
all around the front teeth –
thus preserving the face from congealing.
Anthony Ewer

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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