Author Arianna Huffington
Title Thrive
Category Employee Wellness/ Life Balance,Health,Job Stress/ Job Burnout
0804140863 / 978-0804140867  
Publisher Harmony
Country USA
Published 17-Mar-2015
No of Pages 368

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In this book the author Arianna Huffington makes an emotional and persuasive case for the need redefine what succeed means in today’s world!

Arianna Huffington had a personal wake-up call the day that she had hit her head on the corner of her desk, resulting in a cut eye and a broken cheekbone! She had collapsed due to exhaustion and not enough sleep.

The book Thrive advocates for the Third Metric in “redefining success in order to live a healthy, balanced and meaningful life.”

As more of us realize every day that there are much more important things in life than just earning a bigger salary and capturing a corner office. Our continuous pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success which are money and power, has led to an epidemic of burn out and illnesses that are related with stress. Also there is an erosion in the quality of our relationships, our family life and also our careers.

Arianna Huffington through her book Thrive urges all of us to get in touch with who we really are so that we can live a life the way we want. In the end of the day the question is: What is success? As Arianna explains through her book, a third Metric is needed! This Metric is our well-being, our ability to draw on our inner wisdom, our sense of wonder and our capacity of compassion and giving to others!

Huffington helps us realize that we must try to live a lifestyle where success is not measured only by money and power, but something more meaningful. She speaks about the American workplace culture, which as she explains is “fueled by stress, sleep-deprivation, and burnout” and she compares the companies like LinkedIn that “manage compassionately”. Huffington refers to studies on the health benefits, which talk about physical and psychological, adequate sleep, meditation and exercise! She explains that people, who participated in volunteering for example, were feeling much healthier, happier, and less stressed!

A first step in order to improve our life and balance is our attitude towards our life! We are usually annoyed by the simplest of things because we are often always in a hurry –always going and going.

The knowledge behind this book is to try to bring well-being to our lives starting from the simplest things. Below you may see 5 practical ways to bring more well-being to your lives based on Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive:

-Try sleeping for eight hours at minimum as a start – you will feel refreshed!

- Practice mindfulness – Try taking more brakes in your day where you just become mindful. Feel your hands, your feet, breathe – be 100 percent present!

- Digital disconnect – Try to have less hours connected and spend more time with people. You will realize that you feel much better when talking with people than staring at a screen.

-Give – Helping others makes you feel great! Do something nice for somebody every day –whether it is a compliment or a small gift!

- Personal time – Devote time to yourself! Take a warm bath, practice deep breathing, close LCD screens, take a walk. A lot of life wonders are discovered when we are alone!

A meaningful quote by Paulo Coelho mentioned in the book: “What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.”



Contributed by: Elena Christou Zeniou