Thrive is Ariana Huffington’s 14th book, a remarkable achievement. While it was easy to read and informational I found a lot of overlap between this book and her more recent book, The Sleep Revolution. Huffington begins this book by sharing a moment in time where she was so overworked that she had physically collapsed. She regards this is her wake-up call and the start to her journey for balance and the development of a new standard for measuring her success in life that she likes to call the third metric.
This book was well written and contained personal anecdotes from Huffington’s life. She shares her daughter’s struggle with addiction and an eating disorder and charming tales of her Greek mother’s generous nature. Though I found the book great to read before bed to wind down from the day, I don’t actually recommend reading it cover to cover if you are busy as the text begins to repeat itself over time. Most of the time while reading I ended up paying more attention to the inspirational quotes she leaves throughout the book from famous authors.
Here are my main take-aways from this book:
- No matter how perfect or successful someone looks from the outside, we are all human and have our own limits and personal struggles.
- While it’s good to be ambitious and have goals, pushing yourself towards success to the point of unhappiness and burnout is not ideal.
- At the end of our lives we are remembered for our personal relationships and our character, not by who can stay the longest in the office.
- Don’t let your smart phone and your email inbox take over your life.
- Consider taking up meditation.
- Volunteering and helping other in general helps us to turn outwards instead of mulling over our problems over and over in our heads. It’s a win-win for all involved.
- If you are able to accomplish things on 6 hours of sleep, imagine how efficient you would be with 8!