“V!VA Cesta k spokojnosti”

is a paperback book published in 2016. The book serves as your every day mentor and supporter with various challenges that we may encounter. The book contains:

-animal images for visual stimulation and positive emotional impact

-rhymed therapeutic sentences in order to increase memory and learning

-explanations of human physiology of emotions

-research literature

-and various self-help suggestions

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Your pocket life coach ….in a new form of a card deck


V!VA Tools for Well-being Soon Available

This Life coaching card deck offers therapeutic well-being through pictures of animals in nature, poetry and motivational text. These 40 “self-actualization “cards were developed in order to assist teenagers and adults to maintain positive outlook and have a support during the times of change and growth. The card deck as well as the book V!VA Tools for well-being are available in the American book stores in The Hague and Amsterdam. They can also be ordered via http://www.petrabooks.ca/ . 


V!VA Tools for well-being book reviews

Click here for a review of V!VA book by Dr Ute Limacher-Riebold (a language coach and trainer, and an expert in bilingualism)

A review by Dr. Lucy Slavianska (Phd in Clinical Philosophy, editor/writer and a professional life coach)

“A unique collection of professional psychologist’s advice, complemented with effective easy-to-remember rhyming phrases and beautiful photographs of animals, Viva: Tools for Well-being by Katarina Gaborova is a small but powerful book designed to help and inspire people of all ages, genders and cultural backgrounds who are facing struggles in different areas of their lives.

The author shows an understanding of human nature and the ways people cope with grief, fears, disappointment, anger and other negative emotions. She teaches her readers how to be patient with themselves, how take their time when they cope with loss, how to find the inner strength to overcome hardships and get back on track; how to love and appreciate themselves, increase self-awareness, practice positive thinking and achieve more happiness in their lives.

One of the most precious recommendations in the book is related to the fact that many people tend to isolate themselves when they face misfortunes – a behaviour that can lead to depression, illness and other negative consequences. Gaborova explains how a person in a difficult situation can benefit of finding support and also of helping other people.

In a friendly tone, the book also encourages the readers to find their own paths and pursue their personal goals regardless of the pressure from others.

Aware that rhyming phrases improve cognitive processing, memory and learning ability, Gaborova adds her own poetry to enhance the power of her suggestions – for example, “As hundreds fly in one direction/ Take the path of your selection”.

The photographs of animals in the book also have their psychological purpose – studies show that animals have a positive impact on people’s well-being by decreasing stress levels and improving moods.

The wisdom of the book is drawn from the author’s professional and personal experience:  Gaborova has been trained as a psycho-physiologist and phychologist in Australia and currently is a life coach and neuro-linguistic programing practitioner in the Netherlands.  In her private practice in The Hague she works with children and adults mainly from the international community in the city. Gaborova’s knowledge and understanding of different cultures and ways of thinking are result of her traveling and living in several parts of the world and her yearning to learn how people around the globe deal with life issues.

Viva: Tools for Well-being is an excellent book for everyone looking for inspiration, motivation and encouragement to overcome troubles and achieve goals, happiness and joy in life.”



Stress and how to deal with it

Almost everyone knows that stress is “bad” for us. Although, biologically speaking it has a very important function to prepare us to perform, to stimulate, or even motivate us. No matter how much we try to fight it, it is way too often a general part of our every day life.  We just may not be aware of it.

Did you for example know… that we may feel stressed even though we are involved in activities that are perceived to be “positive” ? Such as partying, our own wedding, having a new and exciting addition to our family etc. It is because stress is characterised as a mental or emotional state, related to strain and tension due to novel or highly demanding circumstances.

Here is the good news though, the recent research shows that stress as such is not as damaging as it once was thought to be. It’s mostly our own thoughts and believing that stress can eventually “kill us”.

So, next time when you feel the pressure, you may benefit from evaluating your thoughts. See the reasons behind your actions. Observe the fascinating way your body prepares you for your next big challenge. Note that whatever your body is doing, it is amazingly helping you to cope. And in case, that it gets too uncomfortable, there are many ways how you can support yourself. Just as an inspiration, I will list a few suggestions how to become a better friend of the stressful part of yourself:

1.) First of all, coming from the holistic point of view –we can not possibly function mentally if we are not taking the best possible care of our body physically. So, as a start you may want to eat healthy and nutritious meals. Here is an idea how to battle some of that stress with food.
2.) Drink enough water (to be on a safe side try to drink approximately 2 liters per day).
3.) Exercise regularly (minimum 3 times per week, for at least 30 minutes each time. I would suggest an aerobic exercises in order to increase your heart rate). It is also a great way to release some endorphines or so called “happy hormones). So you will end up being fit, happy and stress free. How great is that?
4.) Sit down, define and mark down stressors in your life and try to either alter them or avoid them.
5.) Schedule some fun activities and if you can, do it with people whom you love spending your valuable time with. You may end up laughing a lot. Laughing therapy is a great energiser, pain reliever and yes it does remove some stress levels.
6.) To increase a physical relaxation, get a full body massage at least once a month.
7.) It has also been repeatedly shown how important it is to be aware of positive psychology .The main focus is on positive emotions, thoughts, and our strengths instead of our weaknesses. One way how you can train your mind is to focus on what you already have. Be thankful for that (practice appreciation). Instead of searching and telling yourself what is wrong with you or what you are still missing.
8.) Accepting certain things may also release some accumulated pressure rather than feeling like not having a control. Of course you may want to use this as a last resort after you have tried to change them. This may also include letting go of anger and practicing some forgiveness. And for that we have meditation or mindfulness techniques.

Try it and please feel free to let us know if the above suggestions helped you to change something.

V!VA: Tools for well-being

VIVA_9781927032374_cover_R3_96dpiBy Katarina Gaborova

V!VA Tools for Well-being

Is a convenient small sized paper format book that serves as a pocket life coach.

This book has been designed for anyone interested in his or her own personal development. It can be also used as an additional tool in therapy for counselors, psychologists, life coaches, social workers or other therapists who work with their clients on enhancing their mood and try to bring out the changes of behavior.

The uniqueness of this book lies in the form of cards. Each card presents a new idea reinforced by a rhyming quote paired with complementing beautiful photography meant to get you in touch with nature. Each pair is accompanied by constructive, educational text providing examples and tools to overcome certain daily issues.


Hard copy of the book can be ordered via  Petra Books

e-book also available on:


Google Books



For those living in the Hague, or in Amsterdam,the Netherlands- The book and the cards can be purchased and ordered at the American Book Shop

American Book Shop (Den Haag)

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American Book Shop (Den Haag) 52.078795, 4.314957


American Book Shop (Amsterdam)

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American Book Shop (Amsterdam) 52.368943, 4.889552








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