From the Editor
Confession time: I’ve always kinda hated months November to January. I know, I know, that sounds rather melodramatic, but just hear me out, okay. I don’t know when or how or why it happened, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve greeted the change from summer to winter with a feeling that can be best described as ‘a sinking heart’. Each year, as winter approaches, I find myself becoming anxious and cranky, dreading the cold and sun-less evenings, the inability to look good in a dress without catching pneumonia, and cold, wet sleeves (like I said, I don’t know where that comes from). Recently, I discussed this with my best friend S, and mournfully told her how I couldn’t WAIT for February to arrive. She was puzzled. ‘But I LOVE winter!’ she enthused. ‘I associate it with fabulous parties and festivities and barbecues and hot chocolate, and just thinking about all those things makes me happy!’
Later, back home, I thought about what she had said. And I decided to embark on a little experiment. Over the next few weeks, whenever I felt heavy-hearted seeing woolen scarves or browned leaves or sniffing that ‘winter smell’ (you know what I mean), I reminded myself of all the wonderful things that were on their way—Christmas trees, Santa Claus, sunny brunches with mulled wine, and a New Year’s vacation with friends. As the evenings became nippy, I thought about all the lovely new coats I’d get to wear. When my mind worried about frozen hands and food that needs to be re-re-re heated, I ordered it to think about movies in bed and how lovely it was that velvet is a big trend this season. And then something strange happened—I actually felt ‘anticipation excitement’! After years of hating winter, I was actually looking forward to it. I learned an important lesson here—perception can totally change your life. When you approach something with negativity, you’re not even giving yourself a chance to enjoy or experience it properly. But force yourself to think about the positives, and you may be pleasantly surprised.
This December, I’m in a such a good mood. And this issue of Cosmo holds the promise to make things even better. I plan to cuddle up with 30 Party Tricks (page 154), maximise all the smashing soirées coming my way, take away several important tips from our great career story by FB CEO Sheryl Sandberg ( The Next 10 Minutes Will Change Your Career, page 188), and master the art of creating plum eyes (page 244). Of course, I’ll be doing all these things while humming a happy song under my breath.
Have a great December (and see you next year!),
Nandini Bhalla, Editor