SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

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


Day Sixteen

When I smile, I’m more the “real” me.

Whom am I really, whom is the “real” me?

Am I more “me” when I frown, or ridicule, or use sarcasm?

Smiling reminds me who I am at my core, at the center of the center of me.

Smiling allows me to function from that beautiful point of light within me, to feel the Spirit’s soothing touch and warming glow, and to embrace (not with resignation or submission) my true nature and my true mission in life.

Smiling helps me to be more genuine, authentic, and transparent.

A genuine smile says, “I am what you see here. I have nothing to hide. I carry not pretenses, and I wear no masks. I am the real me!”

Smile, it is the key that fits
the lock of everybody’s heart.

Anthony D’Angelo

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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