by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Twenty

When I smile, I’m stronger.

In God, I am potent.

I am an effective change-agent for myself and for others.

Smiling sets my jaw so I can accept “attack” with vigor.

Smiling reminds me that I cannot be hurt.

Smiling awakens me to be straightforward and upright in action.

Smiling links me with the grace of self-discipline so I can “get through” what I need to, and achieve what I want to.

Smiling gives me the capacity for sustained action.

Smiling allows me to trust myself and take on risk that I might otherwise overlook.

My smile gives me a new sense of personal determination that allows me to carry forward even when I’m afraid.

A smile displays the immortal flow of energy
that nourishes, extends, and preserves.
It’s the eternal goal in life.

Smiley Blanton

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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