SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

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


Day Thirty-One

When I smile, I’m in “celebration mode.”

My smile says that I not only see my gifts and the gifts of others, but I celebrate them.

My smile holds up the best of everything that exists everywhere.

Today my smile generates gratitude in ways I only wished for yesterday.

My smile is like raising my arms in praise for the wonder of all of life.

Smiling makes me overflow with appreciation, almost burst with delight for all of life.

Smiling brings me all of this and so much more that I can’t even express in words.

Smiling elevates me to be overcome with the joy of living, the wonder of the Presence of God, and the exuberance of knowing that the Holy Spirit is in and all about me.

Life is like a mirror;
we get the best results
when we smile at it.
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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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