SMILING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

by Richard P. Johnson

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


Day Nine

When I smile, I can think clearer.

I seek deeper and deeper meaning in life and smiling helps my thinking “make better meaning” from life.

Smiling reminds me to “connect the dots” of any situation, relationship, goal, interaction pattern, or enterprise of my life in such a way that aligns my personality with truth.

Smiling allows me to see every part of my life through the eyes of Christ.

Smiling helps me use the cognitive template of God’s love as the most important schemata for “framing” what’s happening in my life.

Smiling allows me to come to a clearer understanding of my ongoing growth toward Jesus.

Smiling is my cue to raise my awareness of the role of faith in my life and to think with the mind of Christ.

Smiling helps me begin to clear away any disturbing or distracting self-talk, and replace it with thoughts of peace and harmony.

Is a smile a question?
Or is it the answer?
Lee Smith

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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