A review of


The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life

Huffington on Thriving

by David Meyer

Arianna Huffington says that to thrive you should build your life around four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving.

The Price of Ambition

As billionaires soak up so much of the available money and will only soak up more in the future, many people question the purpose of 70-hour workweeks, damaged health, and neglected spouses and kids. A growing number have concluded that they prefer a rich life – that third metric – to a life of riches, and they have backed out of the rat race, or at least turned in their numbered bibs. For them – and for many of today’s self-help and business authors – Huffington’s four pillars make a great deal of sense and offer a humanized approach to living a well-rounded life. They inform much of the online conversation today, up and down the class-and-earnings ladder.

The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair.Arianna Huffington

Huffington’s ideas are timeless, and she draws on timeless sources, such as the Sufi poet Rumi and the Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius. One measure of her commercial genius is that she convincingly aligns these sages of the ages with many contemporary issues. Recommending the thinking and work of Rumi, Aurelius, Gertrude Stein, David Foster Wallace, Goethe, Wordsworth and Aristotle to the bestseller-buying public is not a small feat. Give Huffington kudos for that. She also cites her spiritual sister, Agapi, and her mother, Elia, as inspirations. She attributes her a sense of constant wonder and awe at every aspect of daily life to her mother, who discussed Greek philosophers with her daughters in the kitchen.

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