SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

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


Day Two

When I smile, I remember my spiritual strengths.

When I smile, I align myself with the divine power in me.
Smiling helps me “center” on God’s presence in me.

Smiling helps me embrace that, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” refers to me and to everyone as representatives of Christ.

Smiling sends an internal message from God that travels on the unseen and unknown spiritual communication lines within me.

The message tells me that I am first and foremost a “child of God” – not just a “child of the world.” This ever new and yet ever ancient identity is the truth of my soul.

Smiling helps me pull back from the frantic seeking of the world and the fearful grasping of my ego and to center instead on the presence of God within me.

A smile can brighten the darkest day.
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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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