I recently had the privileged of reviewing Thrive by Arianna Huffington through Blogging for Books.
(Did you know that people will send you books for free if you write about them on your blog? That’s enough to make a book worm set up a blog right away!)
In short, I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it to friends. It got a little long toward the end, but it was chocked full of both information and stories which were all on target and helpful.
For my full review, read on:
I found Arianna Huffington’s Thrive to be a breath of fresh air. Not necessarily because the suggestions she gives are novel. As a yoga teacher and active practitioner of mindfulness meditation, I have read and practiced many of her suggestions before. I already sleep 8 hours, meditate, try to get walks in, and cuddle my dogs each day. (Okay, can I say how much I loved that having a pet was included in her chapter on well-being?).
However, hearing these suggestion come from the mouth of the editor in chief of Huffington Post as opposed to my hemp clad yoga trainer gave them a new sense of legitimacy and normalcy. It was refreshing to have someone so mainstream advocating practices that have not so long ago been on the margins of society.
That being said, I did learn many new tips and tricks while reading Thrive. I began to practice time abundance instead of time famine and found myself much less rushed throughout the day. I also appreciated the collection of apps and websites she listed in her Appendix to help manage time online. (Yes, it is ironic to use technology to lessen our addiction to technology, but hey, if it works . . . .)
So even if you are already are passed striving for power and money and have jumped on the Third Metric track, there will be reinforcement for what you already know and probably some new info to boot.
Huffington breaks her book down into four parts: Well-Being, Wisdom, Wonder and Giving. Each section builds on the other, which can sometimes seem repetitive, but ultimately brings the reader to a fuller understanding at the end.
My favorite parts of the book were easily Huffington’s stories of her Greek mother and her references to the myths and literature of her homeland. These enabled me to see the practices I already knew from another culture’s lens.
Thank you Arianna for strengthening our resolve to find a third, more whole way.
Have you also read Thrive? What were your thoughts?