Love lights us up

Good - - EDITORIAL - Carolyn Ent­ing, editor

To quote Tina Turner’s well-worn line “what’s love got to do with it?” Well, a lot it turns out!

Map­ping the neu­ral cir­cuitry of emo­tions, re­searchers in Fin­land have found that love ac­tu­ally causes ac­tiv­ity through­out the body, with hap­pi­ness ex­tend­ing even fur­ther to the feet. Quite sim­ply love lights us up in­side and out, help­ing us to feel more alive as Kyra Xavia writes in her ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle Heart Map­ping (page 30).

These find­ings in­spired us to look at love in this is­sue in­clud­ing love lan­guage and re­la­tion­ships. Kate and Tim Hall shared their eco-wed­ding plans with Good read­ers on re­cently so we didn’t have to look far for our per­fect cover cou­ple (read their story on page 32). We in­ter­view other in­spir­ing cou­ples too, quizzing them about their se­crets for a suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ship. Our cou­ples in­clude Vin­cent and Sarah Heeringa (Vin­cent ac­tu­ally co-founded Good mag­a­zine and Sarah was at the helm as editor for five years and is a cur­rent con­tribut­ing editor). Sarah’s ad­vice to “make time to be alone to­gether away from the mun­dane” is def­i­nitely on the mark. My part­ner and I re­cently booked a one-night five-star mini-break at The Lang­ham Auck­land. We felt as though we’d jet­ted off­shore on hol­i­day. It’s amaz­ing how step­ping out of the daily grind, chores and rou­tine put a spring in our com­bined step.

All re­la­tion­ships ex­pe­ri­ence a lull at some point. Our cou­ples (see page 34), and psy­chol­ogy ex­pert Dr Alice Boyes (page 106) of­fer some ex­cel­lent ad­vice on how to re­con­nect.

This is­sue is filled with so much love – from the con­trib­u­tors who have poured their hearts into their sto­ries to the con­tent within these pages – from the im­por­tance of self-love, tak­ing care of your own well­be­ing and con­nect­ing with your­self, to the love we show in our work and ac­tions.

One of the most pow­er­ful sto­ries in this is­sue is doc­u­mented by New Zealand hu­man­i­tar­ian pho­tog­ra­pher He­len Man­son. Her story and photo es­say of refugees of the world (page 26) ac­tu­ally re­duced me to tears, but it also painted a pic­ture of hope for these in­cred­i­ble hu­man be­ings who are pick­ing up their lives with the help of Tear­fund New Zealand.

Karma Cola is also do­ing in­cred­i­ble work in Sierra Leone and have em­pow­ered an en­tire com­mu­nity through the trade of the cola nut, which has brought them self-suf­fi­ciency (page 17).

Foodie Vanessa Bax­ter is an­other won­der­ful hu­man spread­ing her pas­sion for good. In this is­sue she shares some of her won­der­ful recipes from her aptly ti­tled book The Fear­less Kitchen. The Ron­ald McDon­ald House am­bas­sador is also help­ing ed­u­cate street kids and youth in pris­ons by teach­ing them how to cook. Now that’s what I call shar­ing the love!

Editor’s pick He­len Man­son’s story Refugees of the World (page 26) is a mov­ing and pow­er­ful read.

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