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Ron and Aliya Alston are reminding people all over the world that daily wellness isn’t just limited to your body, but your mind as well. The father and daughter recently posted a video of a morning ritual they partake in, and it’s opening eyes.

Little Aliya, taking cues from her dad beside her, states, “I am strong. I am smart. I work hard. I am beautiful. I am respectful. I’m not better than anyone. Nobody’s better than me. I am amazing. I am great.”


They repeat positive, affirmative words (a mantra) into the mirror. By doing so, they empower themselves to take on the challenges that both the day and their lives in general throw their way.

Ron is a program director and trainer at the YMCA and had no idea that his morning routine would reach as many people as it has. Initially posted on Facebook for his friends and family, the video has netted over 12 million views so far.

The mantra that he’s prescribed for three-year-old Aliya is just the start, he says to the Huffington Post. As her mental capacity increases and life gets more complex for the youngster, Ron says her mantra will evolve to be “more in-depth” than it is today.

As for the “success” of the video on social media, Ron’s happy about it, but only because it means the message behind the act is reaching such a large audience. He says, "It is great to see so many people inspired to do the same. In today’s society it is so important for children to be self confident, humble and have a sense of self esteem. Especially our young women."