Arianna Huffington has become famed for her success in the media world. But what she didn't realize until she had a wake-up call: She was harming her mental and physical health by focusing on her career 24/7. Then a combination of exhaustion and lack of sleep caused a severe injury. Now she's crafted a call-to-action in the form of a book about how to reclaim your life and happiness, which she discussed with Katie Couric on April 2.
What happened that caused Arianna to vow to make a change: She fell, breaking her cheekbone and severely cutting her face. Finding herself in a pool of blood in her office, the media maven realized that she needed a complete change in how she lived. Her new book describes how to redefine what it means to succeed: "Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder" (click for details).
Arianna emphasized to Katie that getting enough sleep is critical. She recommends seven to eight hours a night rather than the typical four to five hours. And for those who feel too busy for that much sleep, Arianna suggests adding on just 30 minutes more.
A key part of her redefined path to success: Detox from your digital devices. Katie admitted that she's addicted to her cell phone, even checking it during a birthday party for her elderly mother. Arianna suggests getting a support group together to help you schedule time away from all those devices.
Another facet of living a life in which you thrive: Learn to give. Look for opportunities to help others, however small. Arianna described how a woman once admired her mother's necklace. When her mother gave it to the woman, the woman asked what she could give in return. That response shows how rarely people actually give without expecting something in return.
By learning to focus on relationships and happiness rather than on money and power, Arianna emphasizes that you can enhance every aspect of your life. She suggests cutting down on multi-tasking. For example, if you see a beautiful sunset, stop and appreciate it rather than view it while you're photographing it, posting it to Facebook and talking on your cell phone. Less truly can be more.