Looking ahead to 2017, thank God.
Well, thank fuck that’s over. You could almost hear people the world over expel those words like a Mexican wave of mass relief as the clock struck midnight in succession around the globe on January 1, 2017. Feigned enthusiasm replaced the usual revelry for ringing in the New Year through sheer exhaustion from 2016 – a year that for all intents and purposes, sucked. It’s almost too much to think just how much crapness was crammed into those 366 days. From terrorism in Paris, Orlando and Nice to absurdity in US and British politics that saw, well you know what it saw – the shock and awe of world events became so shocking and awful that at times it was hard to believe they were true. Then to top it all off, the mum from The Brady Bunch died, almost like a metaphor to say that goodness and sweetness has definitely left the earth. We lost a generation of talent last year, too, with RIP’S to David Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder and Alan Rickman. It was enough for us to throw our hands up in the air and say, “What’s the use?” On a personal level, I admit, 2016 really got to me. It was the first time I’d experienced real searing pain and loss when my dear father passed away from a courageous but damn terrible battle with brain cancer. Even though I was prepared for what would be the end to that chapter in mine and his life, nothing could prepare me for the reality that sadness lingers long after you put someone so close to rest. They say life goes on, but to me, getting through to the end of 2016 was like crawling to the finish line of a Tough Mudder obstacle course – battered, bruised and caked in shit. You’ll forgive me then, with this New Year edition of GQ Australia, for delving a little deeper into the tools you’ll need to get into 2017. Success has always been our driving factor with our Back to Work issue, but what is success without the thing we all are really after – happiness? For that, journalist Michael Paterniti tracked down the guy dubbed ‘The Happiest Man in the World’. His determination to find the template for how to be happy took him to Nepal to find a French scientist turned Buddhist monk by the name of Matthieu Ricard, who as you’ll read (p116), oozes happiness. The result is an incredible read and one I think challenges our traditional notions of success versus happiness and how we can achieve both. A lot of our void in happiness, he thinks, comes down to ego. “Our attachment to ego is fundamentally linked to the suffering we feel and the suffering we inflict on to others,” Ricard tells Paterniti. “Freedom is the opposite.” If that all sounds a little too self-helpy, we also have the tools to deliver those outward signs of success in 2017. A cracking new work wardrobe in Outfitter (p59) taking in the new mood of relaxed dress rules in the office, the best in business travel and accommodation (p49) and our pick of the cars that will tell the world you mean business this year (p78). Lastly, as an acceptance of the crazy world we live in, GQINC. (p85) takes a look at Donald Trump’s rules of business. Hey, if Trump can make it to the Oval Office, there must be something he can teach us. Enjoy the issue,