by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Seventeen

When I smile, I immediately feel better.

Like you, I always seek to feel good. I want to feel “up” and energetic, sharp and “with it,” and positive and useful.

Smiling seems to put a shine on my day, a hop in my step, and an inspiration in my heart.

Feelings are the emotional “facts” of the moment, and a smile focuses on the most vitalizing emotional facts that are present in any situation if you look hard enough.

Smiling doesn’t mean that I’m a fraud, that I’m a Pollyanna – always needing to see only the good things and only allowing positive feelings in.

Smiling energizes me so that I don’t overlook those fantastic flashes of true reality, those intangible facets of the Presence of the Divine that elevate me and bring me home.

A smile helps me begin to understand the magnificence of wholeness in reality… and wholeness feels good!

The shortest distance between two people
is a smile.

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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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