Oprah, An­no­tated

CLEO (Singapore) - - EDITOR'S NOTE -

A few months ago, our of­fice moved to a land far, far away from my house. This was tragic news for my sleep, but good news for my pod­cast playlist, as it now gets my un­di­vided at­ten­tion for 45 min­utes every morn­ing. This is also great news (maybe) for you, be­cause now, I can dis­til hun­dreds of hours of lis­ten­ing into one neat lit­tle Editor’s Note-sized bun­dle of wis­dom for you.

From my ses­sions lis­ten­ing to over­achiev­ers like Tim Fer­ris, Sophia Amoruso and, of course, Oprah, it ap­pears there are two things every in­sanely suc­cess­ful per­son does:

1. Med­i­tate. I swear ev­ery­one in the pod­cast uni­verse med­i­tates. Le­an­dra Me­dine of Man Re­peller fame med­i­tates! Ari­ana Huff­in­g­ton! Ath­letes! Peo­ple who have de­grees in hap­pi­ness! OPRAH!

You know why? Stud­ies from Har­vard have proven that eight weeks of con­sis­tent med­i­ta­tion in­creases cor­ti­cal thick­ness in the part of your brain that looks af­ter learn­ing and me­mory; and de­creases cell vol­ume in the part that gov­erns fear, anx­i­ety and stress.

2. Prac­tice grat­i­tude. Stud­ies show it helps you sleep bet­ter, be more re­silient and foster re­la­tion­ships. It also le­git makes you hap­pier, which makes sense, be­cause it re­minds of you of all the amaz­ing things you have.

It seems a bit weird that af­ter hours upon hours of lis­ten­ing to pod­casts, I've walked away with just two lessons – but hey, I had to leave a few lessons for you to find in the rest of the mag­a­zine, right? Like Hung Van­ngo’s se­crets to flaw­less makeup on p51; some lessons from peo­ple in love tri­an­gles on p52; and how to use body lan­guage to nail a date on p102 for starters…

Claire Starkey Editor-in-Chief

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