by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Twenty-Seven

When I smile, I invite the Holy Spirit into my life.

The Holy Spirit showers me with the grace I need to persevere.

Smiling activates my awareness that the Holy Spirit is always with me.

Smiling generates an expectation in me that the power that I don’t think I have is actually available if I simply trust in God.

Smiling stimulates a new openness in me to better invigorate the gifts of the Holy Spirit… gifts that I know that I have but which need to be invited out of my heart into the open.

Smiling helps me pry open my soul and let the Holy Spirit’s abundant power and might gush in and gush out.

A smile is the universal welcome.
Max Eastman

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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