The best medicine for healing the emotional
and spiritual “insult” of our current pandemic
When I smile, irritation and frustration begin to drain away.
I feel irritated and frustrated because I give myself thoughts that are not totally whole.
I get a distorted picture of reality because I can only see through the glass darkly.
Consequently I can form distorted thoughts from this distorted reality, which in turn generates irritation and frustration (and so many other paralyzing emotions).
When I put on a smile, I break this morbid cycle.
My smile soothes me; it calms my ragged emotions and lets me see through the glass clearer.
Smiling releases me from noxious emotions that contort my life, and lets me embrace uplifting emotions that animate my life.
Smiling gives me the freedom to be more than I thought I was.
Smiling lifts me up above the distractions of the world to a new emotional space of peace and calm.
A smile confuses an approaching frown.
From The Power of Smiling: Using Positive Psychology For Optimal Health & Healing by Richard P. Johnson, PhD