Thrive Book Summary, by Arianna Huffington

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Imagine a typical Monday morning: the phone won’t stop ringing, your inbox is filled with unread messages, you have coffee stains on your shirt because of spilling coffee in the morning. What’s wrong with this picture?

Stress is a huge problem in our society today. It’s not only bad for our mental health, it also leads to serious illnesses and even death. Scientists have found that stress can cause many more severe issues as well, so we should ask ourselves why we’re putting ourselves through this torture.

In Thrive, the author takes us on a journey to finding success by changing our definition of success. The traditional definition is only about money and power, but we need to add three other elements that are just as important: well-being, wisdom and giving. When you have all four elements in your life, you’ll be healthier and happier. You can also learn why getting some sleep will make you a better swimmer or how many times per day people look at their phones.

Big Idea #1: To live a life of real fulfillment, think beyond the usual metrics of money and power.

People want to live good, happy lives. However, it’s hard to achieve happiness and success at the same time.

Traditionally, success was defined in terms of money and power. However, most people are not happy with that definition. Instead, they want to live a life of fulfillment.

The author learned a lesson after she co-founded the Huffington Post in 2005. She initially thought that success was only about money and power, which led her to work 18 hours per day. However, after fainting at her desk with a broken cheekbone, she realized that focusing on those two metrics had driven her to self-destructive behavior.

Huffington used to think that money and power were the keys to success, but now she realizes that there are other things in life. She says we have to create space for our well-being, tap into life’s wisdom, feel wonder and engage in giving. We need to realize that money and power aren’t enough for real fulfillment.

Big Idea #2: Find a daily rhythm to support your well-being; it will help you thrive and also prevent stress-related health risks.

Taking care of your health is important to living a successful, satisfying life. It means getting enough sleep, disconnecting from your devices and meditating on a daily basis.

Taking the above steps can help you manage stress better. This is because stress is so common in today’s workplace, since most people are expected to work long hours and meet strict deadlines.

The rules of the workplace are very strict. This leads to a lot of stress, which is only made worse with technology. For example, your boss can send you an email at any time, even when you’re enjoying dinner with your family.

Stress is a factor in many health problems. It causes heart disease, diabetes, addiction and eating disorders. Stress affects women more than men because of the biological differences between them.

As you can see, stress is dangerous to your health and well-being. Therefore, it’s important to take care of yourself by decreasing stress levels in order to live a healthier life.

One way to take care of yourself is by getting enough sleep and finding time during the day to connect with your inner self.

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And despite what you might think, success doesn’t mean sacrificing your well-being.

The author’s friend quit her stressful job after having a baby. Instead of being a typical stay-at-home mom, she started a start-up, opened up a preschool and started her own synagogue. She is still successful but now she lives on her terms.

Thrive Book Summary, by Arianna Huffington

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