by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Thirty

When I smile, I’m more sensitive to others and to myself.

How much more there is in others and in me that I have overlooked because I so often fail to practice the simple task of smiling.

I want to discover deeper understanding of myself and of others.

I want to be closer to others and more present to myself.

I want to experience the passion of life at its depths.

Smiling gives me so much more of life than I could know otherwise; and it does this so simply and yet so powerfully.

Smiling opens my emotions so I not only know the facts of those with whom I work and play, but their inner life as well.

Smiling helps me go far beyond the facts of living, to the central feelings of living, the real “stuff” of life… to the effective affect of living.

If you smile at someone,
they might smile back.
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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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