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

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In Thrive, Arianna Huffington makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world.

Arianna Huffington's personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye -- the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. As the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffing
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Harmony
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Mar 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
To be honest, I couldn't bring myself to finish this book. It reads like a shitty Pinterest board
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
When I looked over a couple of the harsh reviews for Thrive, I felt like they missed the point. One said that it read like a Pinterest board, but is that really a bad thing for a self-help book? That's the kind of world we live in today; ease of access, simple layouts. Would you rather it read like War and Peace or a doctoral dissertation? That wouldn't appeal to nearly as many people and a self-help book should, in essence, appeal to a lot of people. I think Thrive succeeds at doing that. Other ...more
Miz Lizzie
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Arianna Huffington has achieved the two metrics that signal success in our society: money and power. But when she broke her cheekbone after collapsing from built-up exhaustion, stress, and lack of sleep, she reawakened to the idea that there needs to be a Third Metric for defining success. That third metric is made up of well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. Pairing bits of personal experience with the latest research, Huffington argues persuasively for a new paradigm of work and society. What ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is a mishmash of pre- and re- digested advice about getting enough sleep, becoming mindful, meditating, and changing one's value system to honor "the third metric": a redefinition of success to include values beyond money and power.

Ms. Huffington spends many pages telling the reader to unplug from digital devices, and then spends as many pages listing and annotating apps to meditate by, unplug by, control one's multi-tasking by, or even do nothing by. **

She praises and damns social m
Ryan Dejonghe
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My co-worker gave me one of the most profound statements, “you shouldn’t have to pay for serenity.” And though many may baulk at Huffington’s wealth, to her credit, she lays out a plan to embrace “the third metric” free of charge. Not only does she dispense hearty advice, but she also points to a plethora of other resources (including free apps) that can continue your path toward free serenity.

Forgetting the buzz words, THRIVE boils down to two main things: sleep and meditation. Don’t shirk a fu
Debbie "DJ"
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Won through Goodreads First Reads. Thank You!
I have always admired Arianna Huffington for her sheer tenacity in overcoming "the good old boys club" and helping women find their way to the top. In her latest book she recounts her breakdown after working 18 hours a day, seven days a week, focusing on money and power. After her breakdown she discovers a need to take a good hard look at her life. She is finally forced to ask the question, what is the true meaning of success?

She begins with describin
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, self-help
Content: 4 stars
Audiobook: 2 stars

Arianna Huffington, the founder of the Huffington Post, has written a useful book about achieving a successful life. She recommends thinking about your life from the end, moving backwards. What do you want to be told in a eulogy at your funeral? People don't say, "he was rich, he was powerful, he had a corner office, he gave good PowerPoint presentations, he climbed the corporate ladder, he made lots of money." Instead, people talk about the values of that perso
Sep 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
During a recent road trip, my wife and I listened to the audio version of Thrive, read by the author's sister, Agapi Stassinopoulos. I quickly overcame the heavy Greek accent and focused on the words and the message. But Stassinopoulos's phrasing, voice inflections, and heartless delivery made some words unintelligible and many important phrases downplayed. It's worth mentioning that I was only able to sit through a handful of chapters - I did not finish this book.

It's immediately obvious to the
Sharon Profis
Arianna's advice is worth taking. The first two chapters are the strongest, especially the commentary about meditation and well-being. The catch is that if you don't have an interest in the most current research, and are perturbed by too many reference quotes, it will be hard to get through. (I enjoyed it, but will share this caveat with anyone I recommend it to.)

I found myself enjoying her personal anecdotes the most, even getting misty-eyed reading stories from her childhood. Especially those
Kathryn West
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In these times we seem to wear busyness and stress as a badge of honour. In Thrive Arianna Huffinton of the Huffington Post tells of the challenges she faced as a mother and business woman and the personal issues that drove her to find a better way to live. Sleep, mindfulness, meditation and unplugging are all covered. While the ideas are not new the book is well researched and the author uses data to back up her ideas. It made me take notice and has made me decide to make some big changes. I am ...more
Sarah O'Flaherty
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
Disappointing. I liked the sentiment, but was very underwhelmed by the content - a mish-mash of quotes and scientific references. The book felt like it was written by many authors - or perhaps no author at all - with all the snippets grabbed from other sources. The most useful element was the appendixes - contributed not by the author but by Carolyn Gregoire.

It is also important to note that over a third of the book is appendices, notes and an index. Unfortunately, something you can't tell when
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Best self-help/memoir/non-fiction book I've read in a long time. Not only inspiring but the book also provides plenty of small, practical changes, how to enact these changes without too much effort (including suggestions of good tools/apps to use) and how to make habits out of them. Arianna manages to balance religious beliefs, scientific findings, spiritual epiphanies and personal experience well and neither sounds too preachy nor too academic, combining well-told stories and anecdotes with mod ...more
Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
DNF at 45%

since I like non fiction so much I decided to give self help books a try but nope, this isn't for me. it bored me to death even if it did have some good points
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is the third book in a row that I’ve read on secular soul care.

Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the news and opinion website The Huffington Post, writes of her journey to redefine success. “It is not always about doing more, but also doing better – and we do better when we are connected to our inner wisdom, strength and intuition.” She emphasizes the third metric of success (the first two are money and power) as personal well-being. “We cannot thrive and lead the lives we want without lea
Lori Cotton
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love Arianna Huffington but found it to read more like a research paper filled with support, statistics and facts to back up theory and her suggestions for well-being, wisdom and wonder. I honestly would of preferred a workbook to track how I managed her concept opposed to an entire book filled with facts/data. I've read books with similar formats that flowed less like a research paper and more a nice mix of personal insight and support from others. This felt a little impersonal, which is surp ...more
Monika Gierszewska
I bought this book at the airport and it's short enough to finish it before the end of your long-haul... Arianna gives us a valuable reminder that there is more to life than wealth and power, and provides practical tips on now to have a more meaningful life, how to be healthier, have a better balance, sleep more, meditate and give to others. Sounds obvious and I felt like skipping through some pages, but the reminder to thrive is exactly what I needed right now.
Elena (For Books that Matter)
A Gone Bookserk Perspective

To flourish. To grow vigorously. To gain wealth. To progress forward. To realize a goal. To come into fruition due to the best of circumstances. To thrive, not just succeed for the mere purpose of money and power. To become someone of well-rounded wealth: in well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving, as much as money and power. Ingeniously, Arianna Huffington has dared us to into a realm we don't speak of when it comes to success. Success has become a two dimensional plat
Morgan Campbell
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Honestly, the book was well written, organized and applicable. I found a lot of the life advice really helpful as I am starting my corporate career and attempting to find balance in my life. I appreciated the real world examples and the realistic descriptions. Huffington commands the reader and for a self help book it read easily, I finished it in under a week during my work lunch breaks. I recommend this for anyone that is burnt out or trying to find balance in their lives. However, this book i ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as a reminder/gentle wake up call that I've of late become a little addicted to the "feel good/dopamine hit" of my digital device microcosm world. Was difficult to rate between a 3 or 4 so really it's a 3.5 for me. I enjoyed all the facts and personal anecdotes that supported Huffington's positions about what we should remind ourselves as being important in our lives. It prompted me to make a few life changes and to remember that social media and technology are most certainly ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this book based on my dad's recommendation, and I actually got a lot out of it. No, nothing Huffington writes about is particularly groundbreaking, but the content is important (particularly in this day and age). I felt refreshed after reading this book. Her segments on wonder and wisdom particularly resonated with me. The book sort of forced me to take a look at my life and ask some tough questions of myself. I was not expecting this to happen. I also appreciate that she offered practica ...more
Cathy Carpenter
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-read
This book may be good for people who are stuck in the corporate rat-race and haven't looked out the window in years, but for anyone who has actually tried meditation, gratitude journaling, or any other simple self-care practice, this book has no new information for you.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wo fange ich an? Nun ... ich kenne Fr. Huffington eigentlich kaum. Und ich meine jetzt nicht unbedingt, dass ich Ihr noch nie begegnet bin, obwohl das natürlich auch stimmt. Vielmehr wollte ich damit sagen, dass ich die "Huffington Post" noch nie gelesen hatte, bevor ich das Buch in die Hände bekam. Aber der Name ... der Name sagte mir etwas. Und deshalb habe ich es vielleicht ein paar Augenblicke länger in Händen gehalten, als das bei einem Ratgeber dieser Klasse sonst der Fall gewesen wäre.

Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: leaders, parents, students
6 stars!! Every once in a while a book resonates with you to such a degree that you find it brilliant. Arianna's book "Thrive" is just such a book. Her basic premise is that the modern metrics of success - power and money - are shortsighted, insufficient, and destructive. Arianna advocates we must develop new metrics - well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving - to truly define meaningful and enduring success. If that sounds too mushy or humanistic, then this book is definitely for you! Turning to ...more
Deedi (DeediReads) Brown
Some self-help books are amazing. This one wasn't bad, but it didn't necessarily open my eyes to anything revolutionary.

Arianna Huffington is an impressive woman, and she writes well. She also has a lot of interesting stories and snippets of knowledge that keep this book engaging. She does a good job of using data and real-world information to make her case, and you walk away from the book convinced by her arguments. However, it doesn't exactly take a lot to convince me that meditating, assertin
Amy Latta
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Arianna Huffington's Thrive starts out Really strong, and I loved this book immediately. On a similar path as Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In (In face, Ms. Huffington quotes her), Thrive discusses what success means and the need to adjust work life so that people can enjoy their lives. Unlike Lean In, Thrive takes a stronger Wellness path overall, and this fits right into the very messages that I put out on my blog and in my speaking.

After awhile, though, the book did drag on. There are lots of great
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best business books I've read in a long time. There might be nothing new to learn here, but the case studies of companies that have made the conscious effort of being more than just profit-driven are inspiring. I was surprised by Huffington's ability to both walk the walk, and talk the talk. There are plenty of suggestions for how to practically apply her ideas in spite of rational arguments against what, she admittedly acknowledges, many might feel are "new agey, hocus pocus". I've g ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Read for a work book group. Pretty tiresome, but some good quotes. And who doesn't need a reminder of the importance of getting a good night's sleep. And disengaging from technology. And being nice to people. And being mindful. Interesting that I finished reading this just when the NYTimes magazine had a piece about her that suggested that she perhaps doesn't really live what she preaches. Imagine that.
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book you should read over and over again to remind yourself of the amazing wisdom Ariana Huffington has to offer. I listened to this book via audiobook while cleaning or doing chores and kept writing notes on a chalkboard in the kitchen. An important book for anyone trying to find the balance in their life.
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was at a conference recently and heard Arianna Huffington speak. I was very excited to read the book. I thought the book is a worthwhile read. I enjoyed the different quotes best that were sprinkled within the book. However, she had some sound suggestions and made me think more about my life and what I could do to have better well-being, be more in "wonder" etc.
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Like many books in this subject-area, it's not saying anything that's incredibly new, but it is always good to remind yourself to pause and remember what is important in life (hint: it's not all about work) and how focusing on yourself and your own well-being will improve all aspects of your life (work included). So in summary: sleep more, meditate, and express gratitude.
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Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national repor
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.” 20 likes
“it is very telling what we don’t hear in eulogies. We almost never hear things like: “The crowning achievement of his life was when he made senior vice president.” Or: “He increased market share for his company multiple times during his tenure.” Or: “She never stopped working. She ate lunch at her desk. Every day.” Or: “He never made it to his kid’s Little League games because he always had to go over those figures one more time.” Or: “While she didn’t have any real friends, she had six hundred Facebook friends, and she dealt with every email in her in-box every night.” Or: “His PowerPoint slides were always meticulously prepared.” Our eulogies are always about the other stuff: what we gave, how we connected, how much we meant to our family and friends, small kindnesses, lifelong passions, and the things that made us laugh.” 16 likes
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