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Being Conscientious, Addicted to Love, Teen NY Times Winner

Can you train yourself to be more organized and conscientious? Research indicates that being responsible and keeping your life neat and clean has big benefits including reducing stress, cortisol levels, and inflammation. Let’s tidy up!

Are you indulging in self-destructive, obsessive love addictions or behaviors? Are you consistently drawn to toxic partners who are emotionally (or even physically) abusive and manipulative? Are you so desperate to keep a relationship alive that you’ll do almost anything to support your partner, becoming unintentionally co-dependent? Sherry Gaba, author of Love Smacked, addresses relationship addiction and codependency.

The New York Times announced that host of Express Yourself!, Ruhani Chhabra, was one of eight teens out of 11,000 worldwide submissions to win for her essay, T.S.A. and Cinnamon Buns, in the their 3rd Annual Personal Narrative Essay Contest. This Be the Star You Are!® volunteer will join Cynthia Brian to read to winning essay and talk about writing. Ruhani announced a FREE writing course for middle-schoolers.

Bio: Sherry Gaba, LCSW

Licensed Psychotherapist, Life Coach

Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist and life coach who helps people cope with codependency, love addiction, toxic relationships, and mental health issues. Sherry is a single mother and once her daughter was old enough, Sherry returned to school to receive her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.

As a leading expert on addiction and recovery, Sherry’s TV appearances include: VH1’s Celebrity Rehab, CNN, Inside Edition, the Robert Irvine Show and Access Live, E! News, among others. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Women’s World, the LA Times, Thrive Global, the New York Post,, Psychology Today, Zoosk and other leading publications. She has also been a guest on many SiriusXM radio shows and now hosts her own podcast, The Love Fix.

Sherry is the author of Love Smacked, in which Sherry addresses relationship addiction and codependency, and is a contributing writer to the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times Tough People.

Sherry maintains a private practice and founder of Wake-Up Recovery an online group coaching program that applies the principals of positive psychology, law of attraction, and mindfulness for codependents, love addicts, and toxic relationships.

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Bio: Ruhani Chhabra

Ruhani Chhabra is a rising junior from Northern California. She enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music. She plans to major in journalism, which is why Be the Star You Are!® charity is a perfect opportunity for her to expand her public speaking and writing skills. Through being a reporter at Express Yourself!, she hopes to become more interactive with people, a skill she’ll use when she teaches one day. Her focus is on teen leadership and her segment is titled, Teenship. Ruhani is also spearheading the Instagram platform for Express Yourself!™ Check it out at She’ll also use that strength when she travels around the world and becomes friends with strangers. Her ultimate goal is to live in the Italian countryside with a bunch of puppies. Ruhani recently won one of eight awards out of the 11,000 global submissions in the New York Times 3rd Annual Personal Narrative Essay Contest.


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