The co-founder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, Arianna Huffington, received a personal wake-up call in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash above her eye—the result of collapsing from exhaustion and lack of sleep.
In her new book, Arianna Huffington recommends a third leg to the metrics of success, which have traditionally been money and power. Embracing the third metric, she says, will move you from succeeding to thriving. Her advice: increase your well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving in your life.
The current definition of success, coupled with the nonstop focus on various technological devices is having a negative impact on adults today.
She reports that if we focus only on money and power, we will pay a price in terms of our health. Indeed, it is well known that anxiety is a harbinger of poor health.
The good news is that many companies know this as well, and are taking action. About 35% of large and midsize U.S. employers are combating workplace tension by offering stress-reduction programs. Glassdoor.com, a social jobs and careers website, concurs.
“Companies that make sincere efforts to recognize employees’ lives outside of the office will often see the payoff when it comes to recruiting and retaining top talent,” said Rusty Rueff of Glassdoor.com.
Whether your organization offers programs or not, she recommends three simple steps:
1. Get more than 30 more minutes of sleep a night than you are getting right now. Enough rest can improve health, creativity, productivity, and sense of well-being.
2. Move your body. Any form of physical activity is better than none.
3. Meditate for 5 minutes a day. Even just a few minutes of conscious breathing can bring health and mental benefits.
Helping others is a natural human instinct. Interestingly enough, this predisposition is never more visible than during a disaster. When tragedy strikes, people open their hearts and wallets and freely give away their time, talents and treasure to others. It is a win-win: people who need help receive it, and people who give help feel good about it. But that is during an emergency situation. When the disaster is past, people simply go back to our hectic everyday lives.
What if people gave away their time, talents and treasures more often? Studies have found that
volunteering on a regular basis is actually quite good for you. A Harvard Business School study showed that “donating to charity has a similar relationship to subjective well-being as a doubling of household income.”
Better yet, Wharton professor Adam Grant cites studies that show that those who give away their time and effort to others end up achieving more success than those who don’t.
“We have, if we’re lucky, about 30,000 days to play the game of life,” said Arianna Huffington. “How we play it will be determined by what we value.”
She encourages you to find your own place of wisdom and peace and strength, and from that place – remake the world with your own definition of success. Then, you will Thrive.