SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

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


Day Fifteen

When I smile, I make myself more approachable.

No doubt about it, people respond better to people who offer a smile.

People are more compliant with my wishes, more open to my thinking, and significantly more accepting of the fullness of me in every respect when I wear a smile.

My smile somehow reveals the glow of Christ in me; it illuminates my inner beauty, and demonstrates, as few other things can, the distinctiveness of my personality.

When I smile, I show my unique inner luster.

Smiling says that I’m “OK,” that I’m accessible, reasonable, light, bright, and easy to be with.

Smiling motivates me and motivates others to be “in-sync” with me, and to be comfortable with me.

Happiness isn’t the easiest thing to find,
but one place you’re guaranteed
to find it is in a friend’s smile.

Allison Poler

From The Power of Smiling: Using Positive Psychology For Optimal Health & Healing by Richard P. Johnson, PhD

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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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