by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Twenty-Five

When I smile I’m more forgiving.

To err is human, but to forgive truly is divine.

When I forgive, I rise above the merely human part of me and touch the divine in me.

Smiling helps me not only remember that forgiveness of others, and of myself, is always an option; but in addition, smiling actually helps me to move from a mere my intention to forgive all the way to the action of forgiving.

Smiling helps me overcome the many blocks that I can put in the way of forgiving.

Smiling allows me to break through my prejudices and offer my total “amen” to the person I forgive.

Smiling gets me past my distorted need for personal recompense.

Smiling straightens my irrational thinking that things like this simply shouldn’t happen at all.

Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love, a gift to that person,
a beautiful thing.
Mother Teresa

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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