by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Seven

When I smile my cares begin to melt away.

When I smile, my worries seem to erode a bit; dread of disaster begins to evaporate.

When I smile, fear slides off my shoulders and any sense of personal insufficiency drains from me forming a puddle on the floor below.

Smiling seems to emancipate me from guilt, and lifelessness, and rigidity, and indifference; smiling gifts me with healing.

Smiling spiritually lifts me up to stand straight and tall in God’s presence within.

Smiling helps me to forget about my grasping self and focus instead on what’s more real about me… my holy self.

It is almost impossible to smile on the outside
without feeling better on the inside.
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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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