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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2014
Thought provoking and easy to read. Focuses back on traditional values of living a good and happy life, rather than getting burned out by the rat-race lifestyle many of us are getting tired of. Also a fair point that if we want to create a society where women play a role at top management level, we need to create a more sustainable business culture, where people are measured and promoted according to results and not facetime or 24/7 availability. This is the only way women will ever be able and willing to combine a high-responsibility management career with bringing up a family. We are dependent on both to ensure the economic wellbeing of future generations.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2014
Its a very down to earth book and written from the heart. Challenges the writers lifestyle and how to define life, its about well being, wisdom and wonder, the need for us all to change happiness from feeling good and doing good and reconnecting ourselves. Nowadays we all get wake up calls which usually we would act on, but sometimes a book is written by a writer who shows how her struggles and challenges eventually catch up on her and she transforms herself by using meditation, giving, laughter , mindfulness and sleep.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2014
The book I am reviewing is Thrive by Arianna Huffington which is a very good book which I bought on kindle. This book is semi-autobiographical and Arianna is famous for creating the Huffington Post which started out as a current affairs blog and she got lots of guest writer's to write posts often for a relatively small fee but the site became extremely and nowadays it is seen as quite an honor to write a post for them and can increase traffic to your blog quite considerably. Prior to writing this book she had been working all hours and getting little sleep mainly because they were trying to launch international versions of the Huffington Post in countries like Germany, Canada & South Korea. She subsequently had to do a talk for graduating students at a college which she takes very seriously on account of having children herself at college and it made her question if she was right to be working all hours and she subsequently sold the Huffington Post and has written this book about her attempts to get her life back on track and some of the techniques she used. She does talk about women traditionally have lived longer than men and with competition in the workplace and more in general being expected from women, this gap is narrowing all the time. You have to find a balance between work and what matters in your life and rest and relaxation. It's no accident the current epidemic of hyperactivity and ADHD among children and in general they get 1 hour less sleep every night and we put them under more and more pressure to be productive in their waking hours. This means they have less time to wind down before bedtime and they are less likely to get enough deep or REM sleep a major factor in ADHD. She does write about a lot of the things she finds has helped her relax and sleep, things like no caffeine after 2pm, keeping your bedroom cool and darker and in general pampering yourself a little so your subconscious knows you are preparing to go to bed. Another thing she mentions is the abuse of technology where people repeatedly check their e-mail and social media accounts and often don't have many proper friends because they spend so much time on sites like Facebook and Twitter with their followers. It is a really good book that I quite enjoyed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2015
Arianna tackles a very important issue in our modern age that of our workaholic, always-on society that defines success by how much money you make or what job title you have.

Her book is a move to influence people to change this trend in their lifestyles. She encourages readers to take practical steps towards living a more balanced life that truly reflects success in real terms successful relationships, health, wisdom and a rich, fulfilling life.

This is why I would recommend this book because I believe in this message - that financial or career success is hollow if in reaching it, you've had to sacrifice relationships, health, peace or enjoyment of life

I loved how her book started with her very real account of the epiphany she experienced which led her to making major lifestyle adjustments to re-order her out-of-control life. The book is also really well researched, with plenty of evidence showing how overworked, stressed out, unhealthy and unhappy our modern society is, and she offers valuable practical lessons on how to make the right changes.

The well-being chapters were my favourite by far and I found the sections on sleep particularly interesting and helpful. She is also clearly very well-read and I liked the range of interesting and varied examples, anecdotes, quotes and facts scattered throughout the book. I also loved the personal nature of her accounts of her mother who sounds like she was an amazing and wise woman.

I'm not much of a fan of contemporary religion references nor Greek mythology and it didn't personally resonate with me or add to the value I got out of the book though - but that's just a personal preference. So some of those parts I found a little laborious and my least favourite sections were on co-incidence (over-explained in my opinion), death and intuition. I loved the practical sections so I would have loved to have read more detail on practical steps for the areas of wisdom, wonder and giving. However, this was redeemed by the very practical and long Appendix section at the back, particularly with the section on downloadable apps to help us 'unplug' and the list of volunteer organisations you can contact listed in the Appendix.

Overall, a well-researched book with a great message and some brilliant wisdom (and further resources) in it.

*Booklook bloggers and Thomas Nelson publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.*
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2014
The author really has hit it on the head - she looks at what our society/life has become with all the modern trends and gadgets. The necessity of slowing it all down to appreciate what we have, when we have it. She has researched very well and included many pertinent modern day examples of what is being done wrong, what is being done right. Proof that less, is in fact more and healthier too. Just finished it and will read again, this time taking notes and sticking them on my computer / fridge / everywhere! Well done Arianna!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2014
Very good book, touched a nerve and makes you seriously think about redefining what is important in your life. There is nothing surprising in the book but that is what makes it such a good read. We all know about priorities we should make for our work life balance but most of us do not follow any kind of common sense. This book refocuses this and reminds us that we don't have to feel burned out or unhappy but that as we are in charge of our own lives we can do what is right for us and there are some tips in the books which you may not have tried. May even make some of us better people...you never know! Thanks Arianna, well written easy read, sorry I have lent it to some friends hope you don't mind that I didn't encourage them to buy the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I recommend reading this book every day to remind ourselves about how wonderful it is to be living. Even when times are tough, Huffington reminds us that giving will increase our wellbeing. The simple act of opening our eyes each morning is a miracle and our job is to share our talents with the world.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington is a truly inspiring and refreshing book everyone should read. The deluge of books for reviews almost prevented me from having a look. I am glad I managed to squeeze in time to discover what this book is all about.

In the book, Huffington spells out how one can live a great and healthy life. Her insightful advice coupled with her wonderful writing style makes the book really enjoyable. Her sage and sane advice about getting enough sleep, meditations and shifting one's core values beyond the control of money and power is truly life-changing and thought-provoking. This, in essence, is "the third metric." It is an attempt to redefine success and create a vibrant life full of wisdom and wonder.

One important aspect of the book is its advice to unplug from technology and social media. In a world hooked to the social media such advice may seem ill-conceived but from Huffington's perspective it is badly needed. Though the book has its own shortcomings, I honestly believe that many readers will take some of the advice to heart and be inspired to redefine success, create a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder the Arianna Huffington-way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2015
This is a very useful book to read at the start of the new year. It has very practical steps on how to lead a more balanced life and make time for yourself in this busy world, where one is always available to others 24/7 through social media websites/email/mobile. I found Arianna Huffington's style of writing very personable: it felt like I was listening to a wise aunt. Her practical steps and arguments for the importance of sleep is a well needed reminder- and I will definitely put some of her suggested tools to use. This is definitely one to read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2015
I just could not Get into this at all. I read about a third of the book and I abandoned. I do agree with her that we are suffering from info overload and need to pull back from being online and get back to just being.
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