Book review, Mindfulness

YOU can THRIVE

Thrive:

The Third Metric to Redefining Success

and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Up until 2006, Ms. Huffington was living a crazed and hurried life, much like most of us, when suddenly she collapsed in her office injuring her cheek and eye.  After nights in a hospital and many follow up doctor’s appointments, it was determined Arianna collapsed from exhaustion.  Arianna was the keynote speaker at Saturday evening’s banquet dinner at the International Symposium of Contemplative Studies (ISCS 2014).

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Arianna Huffington

Arianna says her collapse was the wakeup call she needed.  She went on to say that most Americans live and measure their lives by two metrics:  money and power.  That is how she was measuring her life – how much money she made and how much power she had.  Arianne admitted after self- reflection that even with a ton of money and a lot of power she was tired, unhappy, and unfilled.  That is when she discovered the third metric herself:  Creating a life of health, happiness, and love.

After the ISCS, I read Thrive:  The third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.  Here are 5 tips Arianna (and other experts) recommend for a healthier and happier life.

5 Tips to Thrive

Get More Sleep:  Most Americans are sleep deprived and brag about how little sleep they get.  Find out how much sleep you need, which usually about 7-9 hours/night.  If you get less than that, it is like going to work intoxicated.  Think about it, if you are making decisions on 4 hours of sleep a night, you are significantly impacting your ability to make thoughtful decisions.

Disengage From Technology:  We have all heard that Americans are wrapped up in cell phones, computers, and tablets.  All this technology is changing our brain chemistry, thus making it harder and harder to calm the brain down.  Quite literally, we are becoming addicted to our cell phones.  Every time we look to see if there is a message, a little bit of dopamine is released in the brain, just like a drug addicts!  Try putting away your electronics by 7 PM each evening or making Sundays a “no technology” day.

Do Not Multi- Task:  Research has shown that we really aren’t multi-tasking anyway.  Multi-tasking is simply having your brain rapidly switch from one activity to another.  Valuable time is lost during that switch.  Pay attention to one thing and do it well.

Meditate or Rest During the Day:  Your brain needs to “clean house” and get rid of waste products called toxins.  Meditation or a 20-minute rest mid-day helps your brain detoxify.  Your brain can NOT clean if it is busy working.

Actively Engage in Conversation:  Don’t text while attempting to carry on a conversation…especially with a child.  Look people in the eye when speaking to them versus checking your messages.  When dining, put your phone away when you enter the restaurant and don’t pick it back up until you leave.

Use these tips to THRIVE…You deserve it!

Use these simple tips to help you  THRIVE and attain the third metric of life:  Well being, Wisdom, and Wonder.  I can not wait to share with you more tidbits of facts, research, and information gleamed at the ISCS 2014.

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A book for Mothers OR Fathers wanting to work with the most advanced theories for creating the dynamics you desire in your family