by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Twenty-Eight

When I smile, I can put my best foot forward.

The real me aches to get out of the confinement that I have constructed as its enclosure for far too long.

I’m the one that forges the chains that hold the best of me inside.

Smiling helps release the bonds that bind my best gifts and strengths inside me.

Smiling sets my strengths free from the captivity of self-abasement, self-forfeiture, and submissiveness… all of which are bars forming a cage around me.

Smiling lets me find the truth in me, so I can recognize the honesty and truth that pulsates deep in me and yearns to be free.

Smiling rescues the best of me from a prison of self-neglect and timidity.

A smile is an inexpensive way
to change your looks.
Charles Gordy

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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