by Richard P. Johnson

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

Day Eight

When I smile, I can better focus on the “main thing.”

Smiling reminds me to keep the “main thing” the “main thing.”

Smiling sharpens my vision so I don’t lose sight of what my life is all about.

Smiling helps me align the “right now” of my life with the “main event” of my life ─ God’s steady pulse of life in me.

Smiling reminds me of my purpose. It helps me get back “on track” with the work of the Holy Spirit within me.

Smiling helps me lower the centerboard on my life sailboat so I can sail straight and secure.

Every day you spend without a smile,
is a lost day.
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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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