that's life (Australia) - - Contents - Linda Smith, Ed­i­tor linda@paci­fic­mags.com.au

One of the bonuses of be­ing in a big open-plan of­fice is that you get to sit near other mag­a­zine teams. And the tl! team is lucky enough to sit next to the tal­ented crew who cre­ate Men’s Health mag­a­zine. A cou­ple of is­sues ago, they fea­tured TV host, Osher Gϋns­berg, who some read­ers prob­a­bly know from the The Bach­e­lor and The Bach­e­lorette TV series. Osher is a re­ally in­ter­est­ing guy and last week we were lucky enough to have him speak to ev­ery­one in our of­fice about his new book, Back, Af­ter the Break, and his ex­pe­ri­ence with men­tal ill­ness. He spoke about how on the out­side, at the height of his fame, his life looked amaz­ing. But in­side, he was strug­gling and try­ing to self-med­i­cate with al­co­hol, which is a fa­mil­iar story. He told us there were many things that helped with his even­tual re­cov­ery. But the one that re­ally stuck with me was how much prac­tis­ing grat­i­tude was part of it. Ev­ery morn­ing Osher writes a list of things he is grate­ful for. On days when things are go­ing badly, he’ll write as many as 20. The re­ally good news is that it’s some­thing we can all do and it works! ‘It’s not some airy-fairy dream-catcher idea,’ says Osher. ‘There’s nu­mer­ous hard-science stud­ies that prove grat­i­tude is a pos­i­tive drug-free in­ter­ven­tion when it comes to mood.’ One thing I’m grate­ful for this week is that tl!’ s very own psy­chics, Michelle and Ezio De An­ge­lis have given us a guide to be­ing grate­ful (page 72). I’d love to hear if you prac­tice grate­ful­ness and the dif­fer­ence it makes in your life. And if you’ve never ac­tu­ally tried it, why not give it a go. Take a few min­utes to stop, think and write. Let’s share the love!

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