by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Twenty-Three

When I smile, I’m more “in charge” of myself.

When I walk without my smile, I defensively give the direction for my life over to others.

Smiling offers me a hardy reliability and a steadfast self-agency so that I can act on my own and not forfeit my true self to people or forces outside myself.

Smiling gives me a renewed faith in myself as a competent person. Smiling lets me jettison that which tends to stop me, and take on that which tends to propel me.

Smiling helps me capture that I am a whole person fully capable of executing even challenging tasks with a smooth and yet decisive hand.

On the soul level, smiling reassures me that I am credible, strong, and courageous.

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.

Phyllis Diller

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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