O, Quarterly

Winter 2021

Rise Above! Resilience: How to overcome whatever challenges life brings and emerge stronger than ever before. Energize Your Life! Maximize your energy: This information-packed guide will help you harness your power–physical, mental, and spiritual–so you can head into a vital, vibrant future. Discover the True You! A self-knowledge workbook: Your best life starts with this guide to asking yourself the most important questions, about everything from your personal boundaries to your highest purpose. Get Inspired! Creativity: Discover the profound meaning and/or sheer joy of creating something new, whether you're finally starting your memoirs or doodling a masterpiece.

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in this issue

3 min
movies & moments

Whether honoring old traditions or starting new ones, the gifts are the memories we make. Using Hallmark Channel Holiday Movies as your inspiration, here’s your do good, feel good, can’t wait to-do list for making every moment count this season. Do a few or do them all … your only call to action is to enjoy the present! A Christmas Treasure PREMIERES SUNDAY, NOV 7, AT 8/7C Stars Jordin Sparks & Michael Xavier After meeting a charming chef, Lou questions her planned move to New York after Christmas. CREATE a time capsule with friends or family. Compile funny and meaningful objects, articles, emails, and photos that capture this time. Include newsy letters that you each write to yourselves. Seal it up, timestamp it, and store it. Set a date in the future to open…

2 min
a festive 12-day give-o-way

Here’s something that might bring a little joy to your world: 12 lucky readers will win all the fantastic items on pages 13 to 38—each one chosen by Oprah herself. For your chance, follow the steps below. HOW TO ENTER: Step 1 Find the 12 icons pictured here scattered throughout the pages of this issue. There’s one for each day of the sweepstakes. Step 2 Once a day from November 12 to November 23, enter for a chance to win at oprahdaily.com/12days-2021 by typing in the special code found on that day’s icon. Entering daily increases your chances of winning. The fun officially begins November 12 at 12:01 a.m. ET! GO TO oprahdaily.com/oprah-favorite-things-2021 FOR SHOPPING DATES AND DETAILS. SPECIAL THANKS TO: FedEx Office is the official packing and shipping provider for Oprah’s Favorite Things. For all your holiday packing…

1 min
here we go!

TODAY I LOOKED up at the sky. It was a pure blue, with clouds like pillows. Later, there were stars and planets blinking and lighting the way. But down here on earth, we’re facing events that feel existential: fires, storms, floods, a pandemic. Occurrences that make it hard to remember how much we have to be grateful for. In this issue, we pay homage to gratitude and offer ways big and small to appreciate, celebrate, and savor life’s gifts—nature, beauty, art, books, and, above all, love and the relationships we have with one another. Then, get ready to feel some joy, because being grateful—and especially having a daily gratitude practice—is key to cultivating and living a joyful life. We’ve invited experts to help us explore that link, and we asked some…

31 min
the list

“Here are 110 gif ts I think are just great!”— Oprah Keeping It Old-School I was a big collector of dolls and love the vintage vibe of these soft, squeezable rag dolls. But they also manage to feel modern in their bright clothes. I can think of a number of tots who would love to cozy up with one. (Cinnamon Annie dolls, large, $95, medium, $85; etsy.com/shop/stepstitches) After this past year, I think we all deserve some surprises and delights for the holiday season. That’s why we worked hard to find these truly incredible items. Extra important to us this year? Celebrating small businesses, women-owned brands, and items created by people of color. You’re bound to find something for everyone on your list. Just don’t forget to treat yourself! A Safe Bet I love all…

3 min
the new pleasure principle

WHEN IT COMES TO medical options for treating sexual dysfunction, men have Viagara, Cialis, and several others. Women have…not much, and our options aren’t nearly as effective for some. Perhaps that’s why alternative remedies, including cannabidiol (CBD), are gaining popularity as a boost for female pleasure, says Stacia Woodcock, PharmD, the dispensary manager at cannabis company Curaleaf, which has more than 100 locations across the United States. “Particularly during Covid-19 lockdowns, we saw an uptick in women exploring cannabinoid therapies,” she says. What can CBD, which is the nonpsychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant, do for you between the sheets? The scientific research is slim in this area, but one recent study in the journal Sexual Medicine suggests that cannabinoids, including CBD, are associated with increased sexual desire and satisfaction.…

1 min
rise and shine

Exercisers who got their sweat on in the morning are more likely to stick to a routine and lose weight, according to current data on obese adults reported in Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews. Plus, morning movement sets the tone for your day and is a bona fide energy booster, says exercise scientist Michelle Leachman, professional education services program manager with the American Council on Exercise. Here, she offers advice on how to get up and get going—even if you’re not a morning person. 1. Stick to a regular schedule. Aim to rise within 15 to 20 minutes of the same time each morning to help your body get into a routine. Set your alarm to something pleasant, such as happy sounds or a favorite song, to provoke a positive mindset…