SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

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


Day Three

When I smile, I can better feel and show God’s internal calm.

The world offers no permanent calm, no true peace.

True peace comes only from God, animated by the Holy Spirit.

Smiling helps me find the rest that only God can give.

Smiling reminds me to put aside my agitation, my contention, my complexity, and my insecurities.

Smiling begins the healing process of replacing these unwanted intruders with the calm of the universe, the tenderness of the Blessed Mother, the compassion of the saints, and the silent quiet of the Holy Spirit.

All the statistics in the world can’t measure
the warmth of a smile.
Chris Hart

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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