Last­ing gifts

Good Health Choices - - Contents - Nicky Dewe Ed­i­tor, Good Health Choices

I’m sit­ting at my desk in the mid­dle of a busy of­fice but my thoughts are a mil­lion miles away. I’m re­flect­ing on the news that a lovely per­son I know has sud­denly and trag­i­cally passed away. As al­ways hap­pens at such times, the world seems to stop and stand per­fectly still even as you can see and hear it mov­ing at pace around you. This is the third per­son I know to have died this year, and amid the feel­ings of grief it’s made me think a lot about what con­sti­tutes a good life. Look­ing af­ter our phys­i­cal health is key, of course, to giv­ing our­selves the best shot at longevity and it’s also vi­tal in en­abling us to go out and make the most of what we’ve got. But it’s also only one piece of the puzzle. The beau­ti­ful peo­ple I know who have de­parted this year were each bound­less in their warmth, kind­ness, gen­eros­ity and pos­i­tiv­ity, and while this only makes it harder to be with­out them, those qual­i­ties re­main in the hearts and minds of ev­ery­one who knew them. It’s re­minded me that to truly en­joy good health we must take care of both body and mind, tune in to what brings us joy and, as much as we can, ra­di­ate that joy back out for oth­ers to share in.

I hope that in this is­sue you’ll find what you need to feel nour­ished both phys­i­cally and men­tally so that you can you go out and shine bright. Take some time out to get in­spired, cook some de­li­cious food, move your body, put down your phone and fo­cus on the things that are mean­ing­ful. Most im­por­tantly, en­joy these brief but happy days.

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