Arianna Huffington wrote Thrive to advocate for the third metric of success: a life of well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. In this world, there are two metrics of success: money and power. But if in the pursuit of your first (or hundredth) million you drive your health into the ground, go through divorce, and get estranged from your family, what have you really accomplished?
Huffington preaches the gospel of sleep, meditation, and self-care. Her audience is made up of Type A personalities who brag about how little sleep they got at night. She tells them to go take a nap. Their conversation would be even more interesting if they had gotten more sleep.
This book is filled with research results, pithy quotes from wise people, and fun anecdotes from her whole life and the lives of others. Overall, this is one well-written book and I would encourage you to read it.
Of all the books I read in 2023, this one touched me the most and got me started in a whole new direction in 2024. Sure, all the books have added to my enrichment in 2023, but Thrive is the pinnacle of everything I read. Fitting,
It reminded me that my favorite genre is self-improvement or self-development. At the very least, it reminded me that nonfiction helps a person more than fiction. And I am ready to implement several new habits into our schedule based on this book.