SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

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


Day Thirty-Two

When I smile, I’m reminded to live in the simplicity
of the here and now.

There is an honest and humble sacredness right in my midst at this very moment.

My smile awakens me to this awareness; it gives me pause to consider the truth, beauty, and goodness that pulsate in everything everywhere.

My smile invites me to participate in the power of the divine that innervates the “All” of the cosmos.

The fingerprint of heaven rests on all things, all people, all relationships, and all endeavors, and my smile helps me look deep enough so I can see it.

My smile prepares me to see the grandeur of all that is.

Everyone smiles in the same language.
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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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