SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

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


Day Six

When I smile, I find joy in living.

Jesus reminded us to be of good cheer, indeed to celebrate the richness of life in all its variegations.

While there is desolation in life, there is always the consolation of Christ.

Smiling signals me to remember the joy of living in Christ. It reminds me to surmount the dejection that can sometimes visit me.

Smiling moves me to reject the over-stimulation of the distractions of the world that masquerade as meaning but offer no joy.

Smiling helps me express happiness of heart; it activates my spiritual life force of universal love and offers me healing.

Smiling allows me a jubilant knowing that I am the recipient of God’s consoling, healing, and powerful grace.

Smiling lets me luxuriate in being “wonder filled” by God.

A laugh is a smile that bursts.
Mary H. Waldrip

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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