Dr Lauren Tober: Marc, in this moment, what are you grateful for?
Professor Marc Cohen: I am grateful that I have a job that allows me to align my passion, values and skills and lets me work with a wonderful group of people and fully engages me in working towards a better world for me, my children and the global community. I am also grateful for my family, my health, my home and my community, which provides many opportunities for me to dance and celebrate life
Lauren: What does gratitude mean to you, and how do you practice it in your every day life?
Marc: Gratitude means focusing on all the good that is around me and framing challenges in a positive light.
Lauren: What piece of advice have you been given that you’re grateful for?
Marc: I am perhaps most grateful for the advice offered by Joseph Campbell when he said: “Follow your bliss”.
Lauren: Can you think of someone you haven’t met, but you’re grateful they exist (or existed) in the world? Tell me about them and why you’re grateful.
Marc: I am grateful to the late Gabrielle Roth who observed the 5 rhythms of flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness and developed 5 rhythms dance as a way to embody consciousness through movement. The 5 rhythms has become a regular form of physical meditation practice for me as well as a metaphor that describes the movement of natural transformations.
Lauren: What quality in yourself are you grateful for?
Marc: I am grateful for my optimism and capacity for joy.
Lauren: What does a day in the life of Marc Cohen look like?
Marc: Different! I do not have many typical days although my days generally see me caught up in the flow of multiple and varied activities associated with teaching wellness and medical diagnosis, keeping up with the research literature, supervising research projects and students, dealing with ethics submissions and grant applications, interacting with a wide variety of industry and community stakeholders, coordinating travel and conference presentations, parenting 2 boys, maintaining a household and garden, being a scout leader and nurturing my body with mindful living, high quality organic food, mountain spring water, exercise and dance.
Lauren: What advice do you have for someone wanting to introduce more gratitude into their lives?
Marc: Just do it!
Professor Marc Cohen is a registered general practitioner with degrees in western medicine, physiology and psychological medicine and PhDs in Chinese medicine and biomedical engineering. He is currently Professor of Health Sciences at RMIT University where he performs research and leads the world’s first online Master of Wellness Program.