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Published on April 2nd, 2014


Thrive : The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life by Arianna Huffington

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Blurb: In Thrive, Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post and one of the most influential women in the world, has written a passionate call to arms, looking to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world. She likens our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. It may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we’re going to topple over. We need a third leg – a Third Metric for defining success – in order to live a healthy, productive, and meaningful life. In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritising the demands of a career and two daughters. Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

(WH Allen 2014)

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, The Independent 

“There were no psych-fix or self-improvement books on my shelves. Now there is one: Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life. Don’t laugh… the book offers persuasive arguments, is full of fascinating research, much fire and passion… I wish she would choose me to be her new best friend.”

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Sarah Gordon, Financial Times 

“It is easy to focus on the absurdities in Thrive (“We think of ourselves as breathing, but, in reality, we are being breathed,” she writes in a discussion of meditation). But they should not obscure the good. Huffington is at her strongest when critiquing modern media priorities… Her focus on the practicalities – get more sleep, own a dog, meditate and volunteer – may be simple but the message is one that will resonate with many men as well as women.”

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Helen Rumbelow, The Times 

“…a retelling of popular lifestyle advice about getting a good night’s sleep and switching off your many mobile devices… it’s interesting to see that of her four chapters, the only one not obsessed with self, entitled “Giving”, is the last and the briefest.”

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Jenni Russell, The Sunday Times 

“Thrive is a well-intentioned book, but a pointless one. Neither personally revelatory nor generally insightful, it offers nothing that hasn’t been done with more intelligence, style and content by other writers. Huffington didn’t need the money and I can’t see this book enhancing her reputation. I don’t know why she did it.”

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