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.