From the Ed­i­tor

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CONTENTS -

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


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