SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

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


Day Twenty-Nine

When I smile, I’m a better person.

I know that I am better than what I commonly offer to the world.

There is so much more of me that I find so difficult to show.

My light has never really burned as bright as it could.

Smiling gives me a stage upon which I can better express the best of me.

Smiling offers a new frame for me that accents all that’s good, and right, and bright, and beautiful in me.

My smile showcases the best qualities that reside in me and which I seldom bring to the surface.

Smiling gives me entrée into the hearts and minds of others, a pathway to fulfillment and purpose that has escaped me for far too long.

A smile is the light
in the window of your face
that tells people you’re at home.
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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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