SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

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


Day Twenty-Six

When I smile, I’m more resilient.

Smiling helps me use the traits, skills, and abilities necessary to bounce back from disruptive change.

Smiling aids me in developing a new set of survivor skills that allow me to thrive under the chaos of constant change.

Smiling assists me in honoring my most effective global characteristic that distinguishes between the me who stands up straight to the rigors of life, and the me who simply avoids, submits, becomes depressed, and/or throws his hands up in exasperation.

Smiling helps me revel in change and become even better than what I was before.

Smiling prevents me from gradually unraveling under the stress that life throws my way.

Smiling helps me derive meaning from adversity and use my God-given resources, both internal and external, to foster continuing growth.

A friendly look, a kindly smile,
one good act, and life’s worthwhile.
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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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