When You Feel Like Giving Up

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Do you ever feel like giving up when things are getting too hard?

Most people do some time in their life.

How do you get over those feelings?

I had my own experience getting over that kind of feeling a few months back when I was ready to give up on publishing my book. My coach helped me one day with an exercise that helped me through it. I am sharing it with you today so you might benefit from it too, in case you are going through similar feelings.

Before I share what that exercise is, let me share a brief story about why persevering is so important.

A few weeks back, I got an email from a professor at the University of Washington. It informed me that my book Stress to Joy was added to a graduate program course.

OMG! My book – a university reading recommendation – that is a bigger honor for me than even becoming a bestseller.

I got tears in my eyes because it was only a few months back that I was ready to give up on publishing the book.

You see, I had been working on this book project for almost ten years. With my other responsibilities, it was getting delayed again and again.

I had schooling to become a medical doctor, not an author. We tend to write shorthand for medical notation, and it was hard for me to write for the book. I had to go through revisions after revisions, which made me feel that I was not good enough.

To make it even harder, I had to go through another horrifically stressful event. A government agency had penalized my business for $35,000 in error.

Although they removed the penalty later, it was extremely stressful while it lasted.

As you may know, when you are stressed, everything feels even more difficult. The stress I was feeling was making it more difficult for me to complete the book. I was getting emotional and felt like I did not have what it took to get it published. Giving up felt like the easiest thing to do.

I am so grateful for my coaches, Ben Patwa and Derek Doepker, who helped me through that difficult time.

I vividly remember that day when I had a video coaching call. Tearfully, I told my coaches, “I am holding by a thin thread. I feel like giving up.”

So they took me through a visualization exercise.

Visualization is a powerful technique. When you try to see in your brain’s eye a vision of something you want, you see it as if it has already happened.

My coach had seen a painting in our house done by my husband. It has a staircase arising from the tip of a pen, leading to a door on the top. He asked me to visualize taking those steps leading to that door and then asked me what I saw on the other side of the door when I finally reached it.

I told him that I saw and heard people saying thank you for making a difference in their lives. My spiritual leader, my family, and my friends were all smiling with pride on their faces.

That visualization was the turning point for me. It reminded me of my purpose. When I realized that my purpose was bigger than my problems, it gave me the courage to overcome the feeling of wanting to give up.

I am so happy and grateful that I did. Because if I would have given up at that time,

  • The book would not have been published.
  • It would not have become a number one best seller on Amazon.
  • It would not have become a reading recommendation at a University.
  • I would not have been invited to give interviews and keynote speeches.

Because of the book, I get the opportunity to share the message with health care professionals and a wide variety of other people who can use the message to help others.

When these people share what they learn with people they come in contact with, the ripple effect will help so many more. In turn, that also brings me closer to my mission of helping more than a million people become healthier and happier.

All this would not have been possible if I had given up when it was hard. So if you ever feel like giving up, remind yourself of your purpose.

If your purpose is more significant than your problems, you will be able to overcome the obstacles.

Next time you feel that your project is too hard, you can ask these questions:

  • Why do you want to complete that project in the first place? What is your purpose?
  • What will it feel like when you finally achieve your purpose? Give advance gratitude for achieving your goal.
  • If one path to your purpose is hard, are there detours you can take to your destination?

Make a choice and start taking action, no matter how small.

Let me know how this technique helps you and if you have any questions.


Dr. Rozina

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A Unique Technique To Build Confidence (Even If You Feel Like A Failure) Grateful Achievement/Visions Step #1

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Pat shared her frustration with me; “How can I be confident and affirm that I have the best job possible when I am receiving only rejections to all my job applications?”

She was trying to recover from her condition and had made a vision board to help her visualize what she wanted in life. She said, “When you are facing so many problems, how can you feel confident and believe that you could achieve your dreams?”  She was going through a tough time and feeling guilty and focused on regrets in life. She could not feel confident. Many people have similar troubles feeling confident in their vision when they are going through a difficult time.

You may or may not be going thru difficult time but you may be just thinking about your New Year’s resolutions as the year ends. This is a good time to reflect on what goals you were able to achieve in the past year, what great surprises came your way that you did not anticipate at the beginning of the year and what you would like to achieve in the New Year.

Therefore I thought of sharing this unique technique from the new “Stress to Joy Guided Gratitude Journal.” It can help you look to the past and future with confidence, enjoy your present and also increase the chances of your achieving those goals manifolds.

Let’s review it in two steps.

  1. Grateful Achievement
  2. Grateful Vision

Grateful Achievement.

When Pat faced the above dilemma, I advised her to add a Grateful Achievement and change her vision board to Grateful Vision using advanced gratitude concept. She took a manila folder with two plain sheets of paper pasted/stapled on each side. One side was her Grateful Achievement, and the other side was Grateful Vision.

For Grateful Achievement she wrote:

I am grateful that I was able to

  • Pass high school
  • Win a championship in athletics
  • Become a mother to two beautiful children
  • Write a resume and give good interviews

I’ll share what she wrote on the other side – in the next blog on describing Grateful Vision.

Before doing this, she was feeling like a total failure. She could not feel the confidence that she could get out of the hole she was in at that time, with all the legal and financial difficulties.

The next time I saw her, she had a big smile on her face. Her energy was palpable. She felt confident yet humble.  When she did this as part of her daily practice, her goals remained in front of her, and she kept on taking deliberate steps towards her goal. She was close to achieving success.

You may be asking, why Grateful Achievement?

You can easily accomplish results with a simple achievement board. John Assaraf teaches using Achievement Boards where you post all the symbols of successes you have achieved in life till now.

I tried it but had some difficulty due to my past belief system. I grew up in a culture where talking about your achievements is considered negative. Therefore, I try to be humble which is a high virtue in my value system. However, when someone is too humble, it affects their confidence and ability to express where it is needed, like in a job interview.

When you add ‘I am grateful that I was able to achieve’ in front of the list of your achievements, you can feel the confidence with humility and be the best you can be. Therefore, I use Grateful Achievement.

If you do this exercise, you will also be able to feel confidence without arrogance. Combine it with Grateful Vision and you will have a tool that will help you get closer and closer to your success with confidence and humility.

Go ahead make your list of achievements and say I am grateful that I was able to achieve….

Don’t forget the simple achievements because for you they may be simple but for many people in the world, it may not be.

For instance, when I taught this technique to primary grade kids, one of them shared her goal of understanding a certain math concept yet said I don’t think I can ever achieve that goal. I asked her if she understood some other math concepts and she listed many. She minimized her simple achievement, saying it is not a big deal. Everyone knows that. Yet it was a big deal to a kid from lower grade sitting next to her.  Furthermore, there are many kids who may not even have the chance to learn those concepts as they don’t or can’t go to school.

It made sense to her. Once she listed her gratitude for being able to learn and know the learned concepts, she felt more confident that she will be able to achieve the goal of learning other concepts she was having difficulty with.

You could also be grateful for all the simple things that you may take for granted or say, it is not a big deal.

Acknowledge them, offer gratitude for them and it will help you feel more confident to be able to achieve the goals you would like to achieve.

I will share the next step Grateful Vision in the next blog meanwhile let me know how this step helped you. If you would like me to share your list of achievements with others to inspire them, please write to me.

PS: This is one of the techniques from the “Stress to Joy Guided Gratitude Journal”. If you haven’t checked it out yet but like this technique, you can grab your copy on Amazon 
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How Gratitude Changes Your Brain.

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Research at UC Berkeley found that a gratitude practice can help you and your brain heal faster!

That may be no surprise to anyone who’s studied all the benefits of practicing gratitude.

But there was one thing I read in their research that was shocking which few people know about yet… 

Changes in Brain:

It turns out; a gratitude practice creates changes in the brain- the medial prefrontal cortex. This area is associated with social cognition and behavior. The most surprising part is that these changes lasted even three months after the study period.


Indeed, many studies over the past decade have found that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed. 

The finding of changes in the brain means a gratitude practice could potentially have long-lasting benefits for our brain and mental health.

Ways to Heal Faster:

With the pressure of our fast-paced world, we are always looking for ways to heal faster and derive the greatest possible benefit from treatment in the shortest amount of time.

Therefore, many healthcare providers, especially in the mental health, are using research-backed approaches to complement psychological counseling with additional activities that are not too taxing for our clients but yield high results, and gratitude practice is one such activity.

My Experience:

Over the years I have used this technique to complement treatment for many of my clients and seen its power. I have also seen its benefits in my own life as I have practiced gratitude journaling for more than 14 years. I started after I broke my right hand and realized the importance of my left hand. (Read more about my story in the book Stress to Joy“.)

Now, to help more people get educated, motivated and guided to start, resume or deepen their gratitude practice, I have developed this tool; “Stress to Joy Guided Gratitude Journal.”

Would you like to get a copy for yourself, your colleagues, and your clients?

It is now available at Amazon.com. I have also arranged for special discounts on bulk order (5 or more) for my friends at https://stresstojoy.com/order-gratitude-journal-special

If you would like to learn more about what is inside this journal or get a free sample PDF, I would be happy to share it with you. The more we spread happiness, the better for all.


Thank you for spreading joy in the world.


Dedicated to your health and happiness

Dr. Rozina Lakhani Psychiatrist, Transformation Speaker, and Author of the #1 Bestseller; “Stress to Joy.   Quick links to Stress to Joy Programs:

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What is inside the STJ Guided Gratitude Journal?

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My friend Sam recently expressed her surprise when I showed her STJ Guided Gratitude Journal, “Oh, I thought this was just a pretty journal with empty lines. I did not know that there are so many instructions and inspirations in it. I feel like it can help many people like me. I will definitely try it.”  

So let me share what is inside this journal. This journal is hybrid of book and journal. It consists of seven components as follows.

1.  Reasons behind each prompt: When you know the “why” of something, it helps to you get motivated to do it.

Therefore I have added the explanation and reasons for the practice and each prompt.

2. Examples: I usually ask my patients to share three things they feel grateful for while I am writing their prescriptions. Some people have a hard time initially. Examples make it easier.

Therefore, I will share some examples for each prompt to get you thinking.

3. Flexibility to write short or long entry: Some days, you’re going to be filled with motivation and want to dive deep into your gratitude practice.

And let’s be honest, there’s probably going to be some days when you’re busy and doing that much could feel overwhelming.

This journal gives you the choice of how much you want to journal each day.

If you simply want to do the minimum, that’s perfect!

And on days you want to do more, you have extra space and additional prompts to connect with a sense of gratitude and joy deeply.

4. Invitation to doodle: Do you like to doodle? One person told me that she feels almost guilty for doodling when she “should be” doing work.

New research supports the benefits of doodling and expressing creatively.

Therefore, you will find a sketch/doodle/brain dump/visualize zone on alternate pages of the journal – a blank space without lines.

You may draw something that you are grateful for or something that is your vision/goal. You may doodle or color or paste some pictures.

You may sketch the floating bubble exercise (an exercise to be able to sleep when the mind is too active as described in ‘Stress to Joy’ book), brain dumps of your ideas, priorities of the day or merely write free flow.

The open space is to invite you to do whatever you desire that day.

5. Thought Provoking Quotes: Good quotes usually inspire and stimulate thinking. Therefore, I have scattered a few of my favorite inspirational quotes throughout the Journal.

6. Gradual Instructions: When I wrote in my journal for the first time, I started with only a few words. Over time it evolved as I introduced different prompts and variations.

When I teach this technique to my patients, I start with the basics and gradually add more prompts to deepen the practice.

This journal is designed to guide you in the same way. The prompts expand gradually to help you master each set.

7. Other Resources: Last but not least, I’ve compiled and shared a list of resources that I have developed to benefit you in acquiring the optimum mindset for health and happiness.

If you would like to use these powerful tools, all you have to do is keep this journal or any journal or notebook by your bedside, in your pocket, or your purse. Every morning, before you get busy with the daily demands of your life, or evening before retiring to bed, pick up the journal and write.

My friend just sent me this note; “I love the Stress to Joy Guided Gratitude Journal. I was thinking about trying a gratitude journal for some time, and I am glad I started here. The thought-provoking quotes and the guided text has motivated me and provided me with a perspective which is helping me express my feelings and focus on the positives. The simple act of journaling has enabled me to see the meaning of events going on around me and helps me create meaning in my own life; as a result, I feel much happier, calmer and more grateful for everything. “

I hope it helps you too and I look forward to hearing from you how it has helped to transform your life.

Grab your copy of this journal at Amazon http://a.co/d/iNHJgzp

For more information about the journal or bulk order please visit https://stresstojoy.com/order-gratitude-journal-special

Dedicated to your health and happiness,

Dr. Rozina Lakhani
Psychiatrist, Transformation Speaker, and Author of the #1 Bestseller; “Stress to Joy”

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First Graders List of Gratitude

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When I ask adults what they are grateful, sometimes they struggle. To help them, I usually give examples of simple things that we take for granted. Once a man said, “but they have been there all my life.”  He didn’t see the reason to count them as blessings. Many times we don’t realize extraordinariness of the ordinary experiences in our lives and feel the emptiness.

On the other hand, kids have an easier time. They are so cute and see the significance of simple blessings that surround us. I recently had the privilege of being with few first graders for 15 minutes.  I asked them; “let’s make a list of all the things we are grateful for until your teacher comes. She would be impressed.” I checked if they knew the meaning of the word grateful and they said it means thankful. Here’s the list they came up with the prompt:

TYAF {Thank you, Allah (God) For}.
  1. God
  2. dad – parents
  3. family
  4. Christmas presents
  5. Xbox
  6. Wii ( game)
  7. Legoland
  8. bowling alley
  9. eyes
  10. my little brother (brothers and sisters)
  11. brain
  12. prayers
  13. dog (pets)
  14. world
  15. food
  16. drinks (water and juice)
  17. legs
  18. arms/hands
  19. cars/trucks/buses
  20. teachers
  21. close
  22. shoes
  23. jackets
  24. bed
  25. house
  26. electricity
  27. blankets
  28. Ink/marker/board
  29. table/chairs
  30. forks/spoons/napkins/plates

Then they added their names to the list as they were thankful for themselves.


Can you come up with at least three things you are grateful for every morning?

If you do, it will enhance your contentment in life. If you don’t practice some positive routine like this, you will be at risk of feeling stress and emptiness.

I have practiced gratitude journal myself for the last 14 years and seen it’s a positive impact on my life. I have witnessed its a powerful impact on the level of health and happiness of many clients who have adopted the practice. Now I am on a mission to help you enjoy its benefit too.

I encourage you to start your gratitude practice today.

If you don’t like to write in a journal, open the notes section on your phone and make an entry of 3 words you appreciate in life. It may take less than a minute but can make your whole day feel much more positive. If you like to write in a journal, my upcoming Stress to Joy Guided Gratitude Journal may help you. I have packed it with prompts, inspiring quotes, and provoking ideas to help you immediately shift into a place of gratitude. Pre-order copies for yourself, friends and family today. What could be a better gift this year than the ultimate tool for joy, peace, and contentment?

If you missed getting the gift of a sample from the journal, you could still get it by clicking here.


Dedicated to your health and happiness.


Dr. Rozina Lakhani
Psychiatrist, Transformational Speaker, and Author of # 1 Bestselling book; “Stress to Joy.”

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I am grateful

Easiest and Cheapest Way to Enhance Your Contentment in Life

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Easiest and Cheapest Way to Enhance Your Contentment in Life

“I am grateful for having an address.”  Answered a patient when I asked what she was grateful for that day. It is my habit to ask that question while I am writing their prescriptions at the end of their session. I looked at her inquisitively.

She told me that as she was homeless for two months, she did not have an address to get her mail. Further, she explained to me that as soon as she settled in the housing she found, she went to the post office to update her address. She still had a daunting task of calling all her creditors. They may have charged her penalties for not paying in time because she did not get her mail for those months.

Have you ever thought about that?

Are you grateful for having an address?

A place where you can get your mail. A place where you can go to bed when you want to. ( She told me that when you are sleeping on other people’s coaches, you can’t go to bed when you want. You have to fit your host’s schedule. ) A home where you feel relatively safe. (She shared that when you are sleeping in a car, you are always on alert because anybody can come and rob you, hurt you, or ask you to move).

I realized how many things we take for granted.

Therefore I write my gratitude journal every day and have done it for 14 years. I have seen its benefit, and therefore I am on a mission to educate, motivate and spread happiness.

When you write a gratitude journal every day, you can bring attention to simple things in life that you may have taken for granted. Once you bring those to your awareness your focus shifts from what is missing in life to what is there in life. You can feel more content. When something is wrong, you are hurting, or things are not going to your desire, your mind keeps focusing on that. If you have a practice of writing a gratitude journal, you can shift your mood from the negative to positive every day. I think this is the easiest and cheapest way to enhance contentment in life.

Do you practice gratitude journaling? If yes, please share your success story on how it helps you.

If not, start today. Begin with the primary prompt of “I am grateful for” ( IGF in short), and list all the things for which you are thankful.

Once you get used to doing that, you can add other prompts.

In order to guide people to start, resume or take their practice to the next level, I have been working on a Stress to Joy™ Gratitude Journal.

I am happy and grateful in advance that it will help many people nurture their attitude of gratitude and enhance their feelings of contentment and happiness.  Would you do me a favor and share your opinion on the preliminary cover design?

grattitudeWhat do you think of this cover for a gratitude journal?

Would you be attracted to pick it up, start your gratitude practice and give it as a gift to the people you care about?

I would appreciate your feedback.






Dedicated to your health and happiness,

Dr. Rozina

#1 Best Selling Author, Speaker, and Psychiatrist

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A Meaningful Way of Celebrating Thanksgiving and Make a Difference In The World

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A Meaningful Way of Celebrating Thanksgiving and Make a Difference In The World


A few years back, during the month of November, some friends were gathered to plan their Thanksgiving party. While discussing food and activities, Jerry, one of the friends, asked: “Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving anyway?”

Jim prompted spontaneously: “To eat turkey with friends and family. What else?” John questioned; “Is that it?” Selina jumped in; “It’s a historical tradition.”  Terry said. “Dah! It’s in the name. Thanksgiving. We are supposed to give thanks for all the blessings we have in our lives. In our family, we say grace before Thanksgiving dinner.” Cathy brought in the historical context. “The Thanksgiving Day originated as a harvest festival. Although most people associate it with the event called the “First Thanksgiving” which was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621, but it was not regularly celebrated for more than a century. Thanksgiving started getting celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington to celebrate and give thanks for the progress of the US as a young country. It became a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it as a national day of “Thanksgiving and Prayers” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S.

She added’ “That is why many people like to show their gratitude by sharing their bounty and prosperity in form of feeding the hungry and giving to charity.” Tim added humorously; “Oh, I thought that people donate more during this time only to get tax exemptions before the end of the year. Now it makes sense why my family participates in the Giving Tree Tradition.”

Terry shared, “In our family, we go around the dinner table after Thanksgiving dinner and everyone shares their special thanks for things they are grateful for.” Jean shared her tradition of love notes which started as her Thanksgiving tradition but now she does that every week when her son and grandkids come over for dinner. She leaves a small card under each plate with one person’s name on the back and a prompt on the front: “Why I love you so” Each family member has to write an action or attribute of that person and share after dinner. She shared her favorite note by her grandson; “I love grandma because she gives the best hugs.” (You can get samples of these love notes from her website by entering the code: NOTES at https://www.kidsdiscuss.com/subscriber-gifts.asp)

A similar discussion inspired me several years back to make my celebration meaningful. I realized that the biggest blessings we have are the people in our lives. I felt that there are so many people in my life, who may not even know how they have made a difference for me. What if I give my thanks to them for their contribution to my life by acknowledging them?  I was aware of the power of acknowledgment so beautifully depicted in this inspirational movie “The Power of Acknowledgment”  – by Mary Robinson Reynolds based on a story by Helice Bridges  ‘Who I Am Makes a Difference’. In this movie, the simple acknowledgment ribbon saved a young man’s life.

So, on the Thanksgiving Day of that year, after my gratitude journal, which I write every day, I started making a list of those people who had helped me in some way during my life. I decided to acknowledge those people by either telling them personally or on phone or in an email during the days between the Thanksgiving day and New Years day.

As I started listing the names, the list kept getting longer and longer and my heart kept getting filled with more and more happiness. I made different columns for family, friends, teachers, colleagues and service providers.

I realized how much love and care I have received from different family members who did not only met the basic necessities of my life but also helped me grow emotionally, socially and spiritually. Not only the immediate family members but the whole neighborhood and community acted like my extended family that supported me in both good and bad times.

I felt gratitude for the friends who provided support and care thru ups and downs of life. Laughing with me in happy times and wiping my tears in bad times.

I felt the gratitude for so many teachers from early education, school, college, university and ongoing training who have left a lasting impact on me. Not only my formal teachers but so many other people who have taught me and inspired me like authors whose books I got to read, the heroes that got to learn how they made difference in people’s lives and especially my patients who teach me by sharing their lives. When you are in the service industry, you may think that only you are making a difference in the lives of people you serve and you may not realize that serving, in turn, helps you too by giving you inner joy. My patients are a huge source of inspiration and learning for me in addition to helping me fulfill my purpose of life.

I felt gratitude for my colleagues who have and continue to provide intellectual stimulation and synergistic support in progressing through different stages of education and professional life. I feel gratitude even for the people who insulted me, questioned my abilities, tried to fail me or created obstacles in my path. Although it hurt me at the time, looking back, I can see that it actually helped me to jump over those obstacles as it led me to new opportunities. If I didn’t have those challenges, I would not have pushed myself as much, to excel and become stronger in the process.

I felt gratitude for the community organization that has helped me in so many ways like childhood immunization clinics, girls guide, school, student support and millions of volunteers. Even when I volunteer in these organizations, I learn the skills of teamwork and leadership. I felt gratitude to all the service providers from the farmers who work to bring food to me, doctors who help me keep healthy, people who help construct my home, to inventors who develop the technologies that I depend on so much; the lists go on and on. So many people have contributed to my life as it is at this time. I don’t even know the names or a way to communicate with many, but I can at least acknowledge those whom I have a direct communication link.

So, during the days between that Thanksgiving day and New year day, I started the process of meeting, calling or writing to a few people, on that list, each day. In expressing my gratitude, I tried to be specific whenever possible but many times just saying that “I made a list of people who made a difference in my life and you were one of them” generated the feeling of happiness on both sides.

When I call to express my gratitude, some of my close family members laugh. I know it is superficial because they feel that they are not doing anything special, but I know that in their heart, they feel good. Some express their gratitude in return. Hopefully, they are expressing their gratitude to the people who made a difference in their lives, creating a chain reaction and spreading the happiness. Who knows how this chain reaction is impacting lives and transforming the negativity of ill feelings to positivity of good feelings in the world. Just imagine, how much fighting would be avoided and how peaceful our world could be if all of us spread the feelings of goodwill in some ways.

If you like this idea, why don’t you also try to make a similar tradition for yourself this year and say thanks to people who made a difference in your life? It would not only make the person who would get your message feel joyful, it would make you feel happy in your heart. Share with me how you felt when you followed this or a similar tradition. (comments will appear after approval by the moderator) If you have other ways that you make your celebration meaningful or have questions or comments, please share with me below.

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To your optimum health and happiness.


Dr. Rozina.

The tools and techniques I teach have proven to be highly successful for improving emotional, mental and physical balance, but they are not intended to replace treatments prescribed by licensed medical or health professionals.


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