Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Huff_9780804140867_cvr_all_r3.inddWhile Team Wellness was in Fiji, I managed to power through three books. I finished off The Athena Doctrine and re-read the Yoga Sutras. I also finished reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington and I’m feeling so inspired by her words of wisdom. The idea of judging our lives and achievements by more than just money and power has resonated with me for a while. Being asked my occupation as the next most pressing question after my name has always bothered me. It made me feel like it was given far too much importance as a defining feature. I loved meeting people in hostels when I was travelling. Often I’d never learn what people did back in their other lives. There were always other more interesting topics to be discussed. Arianna asserts that we should include a Third Metric, alongside money and power, to truly define how successful we are. This Third Metric is made up of four pillars: Well-being, Wisdom, Wonder and Giving. By adding this Third Metric to our definition, we can make sure we remain happy and healthy while we’re out taking on the world. The book as lots of great takeaways of little steps that we can all take to help us Thrive. The biggest things that spoke to me were:

  • The importance of getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep shouldn’t be worn as a badge of pride as it is actually making us less productive, less creative, less than what we  can really be. Since getting back from holiday, I’ve been striving to get 8 1/2 hours sleep a night, as this seemed to be what I was getting each night on holiday, waking up without an alarm. Life is a little busier in NZ than on island time, so it’s a work in progress, but I’m getting there.
  • Mediation, even ten minutes a day. I’m still loving the 1 Giant Mind app and currently working my way through the 30 day challenge. I am dealing with a few potentially stressful things at work at the moment, but having a regular practice seems to be keeping me in a balance so far.
  • Listening to our inner voice. There have been times when I’ve been hesitant in making a decision, or worse, gone against what my gut told me was the right thing to do. And funnily enough, things generally didn’t work out when I’ve done that. It’s all a learning experience, but there is so much value in listening to what you feel and following that path.
  • Focus on the joys in your life. We spend so much time rushing from one thing to another, on to the next goal, bigger and better. I reminder to stop and appreciate the joys in our lives – whatever they are – is important to making the most of life. It’ll also help you work out what’s important and where you should be spending your time and energy.
  • Find a way to regularly give back. I once spent five weeks volunteering on a turtle conversation project in Guatemala. It was an absolutely amazing experience and I felt so good helping out an endangered species as well as a local village. But giving back doesn’t have to be on such a grand scale. One goal for me is to find a way to fit more giving back into my everyday life.