In Thrive, Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post) redefines success. Forget money and power, the classic metric, and embrace well-being as the third metric. A broad theme, you might use happiness as a result of a life well lived instead. Personal health, enough sleep, Intuition, spirituality, mindfulness, our sense of wonder, and the capacity for compassion and giving. The author, constantly busy heading HuffPost, had her personal wake-up call in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye — the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep.
Her Greek / Jewish background, especially the way her mother lived and left life, inspired her. Her comparative religions studies in India further shaped her, while staying connected with the contemporary news consumer. What is the legacy you want to leave behind?
Our current definition of success is killing, makes us selfish, zombies without relationships, always in a hurry. Thrive means movement upward, forward and inward. And so, Arianna shares a lot of insights, examples, quotes from religious texts, philosophers, researchers to ask attention for better time management, a deep consciousness of who and where you are. She distinguishes between institutionalized religion and the spiritual longings every human has. While Huffington is 100% into mindfulness and meditation, you may find rest in other peaceful moments or practices, like prayer and contemplation.
Though she earns her money in online media, the author values disconnecting from her devices, spend time with friends and family, get enough sleep and avoid becoming a real online media addict. Stop, stare and wonder. Life here on Earth’s short, so live it fully. And, following Adam Grant ‘s Give & Take, Arianne also challenges her readers to give more. From this extensive pool of thoughts you may distill lots of lessons to change your thinking, beliefs, workplace, and life for a better cause.
About the author
Arianna Huffington is the cofounder, president, and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, one of the world’s most influential news and information brands. She is the author of fourteen books, including Third World America and On Becoming Fearless, and the mother of two daughters, Christina and Isabella.
I received a free review copy through Bloggingforbooks in exchange for my honest review and personal opinions.