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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.by Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington realised that her life was on the wrong track when she woke up in a pool of blood. She had collapsed from lack of sleep and exhaustion.  Her accident showed her that most of us define success in terms of money and power, so she decided to seek a more meaningful elucidation. This book explains the steps that we should take to help us find this new way of success.

Many people suffer from burnout, stress and depression in these difficult times. Huffington offers some answers by encouraging readers to search for well-being, wisdom, wonder and be more giving.  She offers several suggestions for taking care of our health, such as slowing down, getting more sleep and letting go of our reliance on technology.  She supports her tips with evidence from lots of studies.

Huffington stresses the importance of mindfulness, and seeking wisdom.  She writes that wisdom is about finding connection and love, so we need to drop our relentless pursuit of success as society defines it if we want to seek it.  We need to cultivate gratitude and try to live in a 'state of grace'.

I have read a lot of these suggestions before. (It's the application that's difficult!) However, Huffington writes  beautifully,  includes lessons from her Greek background and family, and she also provides lists of helpful websites and books.  I read the wonderful Arianna Huffington's first book when I was at school, and I've always been a big fan of her writing, so I was very happy to obtain this free copy from Blogging for Books. This is a book that I'll definitely turn to often!

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