by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Thirty-Five

When I smile, I know that I’m not alone.

Smiling helps me remember that even in times of discouragement, pain, and/or turmoil (especially in these times) that I am never alone: God will not abandon me.

Smiling helps me confidently confront rough times knowing that God is by my side… always!

Smiling reminds me that there is so much more to living than the “details” of life, and that that “more” is the eternal Presence of God.

Smiling snaps me out of my stupor of thinking that just because I don’t feel God’s presence that God isn’t present… right here, right now.

Smiling alerts me to the larger tasks of life, discovering and incorporating my over-arching purpose of living.

Smiling stirs in the sweetness of the relationship between God and me.

Smiling helps me see the light that the darkness of aloneness is never abandonment.

Smiling jogs my focus back to the center-point of my soul.

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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