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Suzanne Somers on the Terrible Fall That Changed Her Life — Plus, the $10 Beauty Product She Can’t Live Without

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More than 40 years ago, Suzanne Somers was cast as Chrissy Snow on the hit ’70s sitcom Three’s Company. Since then, she’s transitioned from her role as an actress into a powerful voice for women’s health and wellness. Part of that includes her most recent program, Gut Renew 30-Day Challenge. Yet a fall down the stairs at her home last year showed Suzanne just how fragile one’s health can be. “I broke my neck and spine, fractured my hip and dislocated my jaw — my right hand still has nerve damage,” she shares with FIRST. “It’s been quite the recovery, but it’s made me a better person.”

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How? By instilling even more gratitude into her heart. “I feel so grateful for my work and my family, especially during the holidays!” And with her husband Alan’s support, Suzanne is recovering well and excited to celebrate. “Every day here is a gift!” she beams. Read on for Suzanne’s tips for keeping a positive, joyful and peace-filled outlook all season long.

Heals Body and Mind: Thinking Like This

“When I battled breast cancer 21 years ago, I learned that one of the most powerful weapons for healing is positive thinking,” Suzanne says. “I try to think good thoughts and push negative ones out of my brain. I’ll think things like, I am going to get back 100 percent. And it works! After my fall, I couldn’t raise my arm over my head, but now, with physical therapy, I’m doing sit-ups and down-dog yoga poses!”

Radiance Booster: Beauty Oil

“In Palm Springs, where I live, the desert air dries out my skin,” Suzanne says. “To hydrate my face, I use tamanu oil (Buy on Amazon, $9.99) extracted from seeds of the tamanu nut tree. It’s rich in fatty acids and is a great anti-inflammatory!”

Restores the Soul: Gift of Forgiveness

“The key to being happy is forgiveness — not just for others but for yourself — it’s a gift,” Suzanne says. “I’ve taken responsibility for the bad choices I’ve made, and it changed my life.” And after 45 years, Suzanne also forgave her father, who struggled with alcoholism. “I confronted him, and he sent me a letter where he took responsibility for all the awfulness. I said, ‘It’s all okay, Dad.’ And that moment of forgiveness freed me. Once I stopped looking at others as the reason for my unhappiness and realized I have the power to find peace, everything changed for the better.”

Stress Rx: ‘Easy’ Meditation

“I love the line from the book The Secret: ‘Worry is a prayer for what you don’t want,’” Suzanne shares. “One of my favorite ways to release holiday stress and worry is through easy meditation. The Calm app really helps me. I put in earbuds and listen to their short guided meditations to relax. Al and I also love taking Epsom salt baths with coconut oil. We also take valerian root to help us sleep, and GABA, which is good for turning off the noise in your head. It’s chewable and works when I need an extra dose of calm.”

Key to Holiday Joy: Fun and Food

“Holidays used to bring sadness to me, having to live with an alcoholic father,” Suzanne reveals. “But as an adult, I decided to make it all about being together — and food! As a family, we decorate and sit around the table, and I make everybody’s favorite dish, but with a twist. I do a sausage stuffing that’s always a crowd-pleaser, and instead of pies, I make salted caramel pot de crème.” When guests stop in, Suzanne is always at the ready with appetizers like crab legs, crackers, and truffle honey. “They’re delicious, and after, you don’t need dinner! It’s just a happy way to celebrate.”

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

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