We swipe our smartphone screens, repeatedly check our emails, and stay awake one more hour to review our notes for that important meeting tomorrow. We have more virtual connections than in-person conversations, and we may even brag about how little sleep we need. Meanwhile, we are too busy to notice the fatigue from lack of sleep and mental exhaustion from multitasking. In her book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder, Arianna Huffington describes a much-needed new approach to defining success.
Huffington points out that our culture’s definition of success is dominated by two metrics: power and money. She shares her personal wake-up call, which occurred after she fell from exhaustion and lack of sleep and broke her cheekbone. Thrive makes a convincing case for a third metric for measuring success — a metric that emphasizes well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving. Citing medical research and examples from businesses and personal stories, Huffington explains the personal and economical benefits of meditation, rest, spirituality and generosity.
During a time of rapid, 24/7 communication and nonstop scheduling, this book is refreshing to read. I especially appreciate the author’s explanation that “empty spaces” in our schedules are a necessity and not a luxury. As Huffington points out, society’s current approach to success is literally making us sick. I highly recommend Thrive for readers from all spiritual backgrounds, particularly for anyone interested in a holistic view of success — a much needed view in this age.
FTC Disclaimer: Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.