by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Five

When I smile, I become more fully open to God’s grace.

It’s been said that grace falls on saint and sinner alike, but that saints hold up funnels and sinners hold up umbrellas.

I am both saint and sinner at the same time; I hold a funnel in one hand and an umbrella in the other!

Smiling helps me make the better choice.

I seek to be as open as possible to the power and might of grace.

God is the source of my energy; God’s grace, animated by the Holy Spirit, is my only energy, and all energy (mine and everyone’s) comes from this one source.

Smiling opens the portals of grace that I may have closed by my known commissions against, or my unknown omissions from, aligning my will with God’s will for me.

Smiling helps me sensitize my spiritual receptor sites so that I’m ever ready to receive the abundance of God’s grace.

A smile is something you can’t give away,
it always comes back to you.
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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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