by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Eighteen

When I smile, I synchronize my body chemistry
toward balance and coherence.

Everything is attached to everything else; certainly all the various parts of me are all connected.

When I detach one part of me from the others, then the totality of me doesn’t work as well.

Smiling helps bring me together; it reminds me to patiently observe the celestial order and symmetry that God has planted in me from the start.

Smiling brings the disparate parts of me together and into balance.

Smiling launches me into the restorative process of transformation, finding God’s power in me, the power that re-makes me all new, as Christ promised.

I have a tickle in my brain. And it keeps
making the corners of my mouth
point toward the heavens.

Jeb Dickerson

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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