SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

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


Day Twenty-One

When I smile, I can better see the goodness in others.

God’s goodness is everywhere, yet it’s very hard for me to see it consistently.

My smile reminds me to look closer at myself, at others, the world, and God, with the more understanding and forgiving eyes of Christ.

Smiling helps me look past the faults, the imperfections, the contradictions, and the frustrations that are so prevalent in the world, and in myself, and instead view a different reality just beyond the over-abundant brokenness of this plane.

My smile stimulates me to put on new eyes so I can see the truth, beauty, and goodness in everyone, regardless of how deep I need to look.

Smiling allows me to be fully present in this material plane and yet simultaneously present on the intangible plane as well.

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles;
it might be the only sunshine he sees all day.

H. Jackson Brown

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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