by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Thirty-Four

When I smile, I feel energized.

My smile activates a jolt of joy that pulsates through my body, mind, and soul like an uplifting impulse of energy.

My smile reminds me that I am part of the greatness of creation, and that all I encounter today is as well.

My smile-induced joy allows me to see beyond what formerly snagged my mind and heart and brought me “down.”

My smile lets me see the beauty that’s right in front of me … beauty that I may have otherwise overlooked.

My smile ignites an updraft of inspiration and a free-spirited lightness in me that propels me forward with a renewed determination and a refortified confidence.

Smiling animates me in joy, which elevates my heart; it gives me a positive attitude and an inner balance knowing that God’s grace sustains me always.

I’ve never met a smiling face that was not beautiful.
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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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