SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

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


Day Four

When I smile, I can find my genuine voice.

I’ve been given a true voice, a voice that speaks from the depths of serenity, wisdom, and simplicity.

I am at my best when I speak from this true voice and not the many other voices that I’ve learned from the world.

Smiling helps me put aside the voice of anger and prejudice, of irritation and frustration, of timidity and neglect, and of arrogance and brutishness.

Smiling ushers me to a healing place where I can choose the true voice I’ve been given as gift.

This real voice is mine alone; it’s the voice I need to use, and the voice that the world needs to hear.

When I speak with my real voice, I am speaking from my soul.

Keep smiling – it makes people wonder
what you’ve been up to.
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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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