Author One-on-One: Arianna Huffington and Mark Hyman
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Arianna Huffington and Mark Hyman discuss Arianna's new book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and
Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.
Arianna Huffington ( http://www..com/s?rh=i%3Astripbooks&sort=relevancerank&field-author=Arianna%20Huffington&ie=UTF8 )
is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and
author of fourteen books. Mark Hyman ( http://www..com/s?rh=i%3Astripbooks&sort=relevancerank&field-author=Mark%20Hyman&ie=UTF8 ), MD is a seven-time New York
Times bestselling author—Including the recently released Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet ( http://www..com/dp/0316230022 )—founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts and
Chairman of The Institute for Functional Medicine.
Mark Hyman: Arianna, in Thrive you talk about our need to redefine success beyond money and power to include what
success means to us and that to live a truly successful life we need to integrate well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving
into our lives. You open the book describing your collapse in 2007 from exhaustion leading to a broken cheekbone and a
round of visits to doctors and hospitals for tests. You were clearly running on empty, as I know so many people are—tell
us about that experience and how it led to your larger wake-up call in terms of health and well-being.
Arianna Huffington: I had my personal wake-up call on April 6, 2007, when I found myself on the floor in a pool of
blood. I had collapsed from exhaustion, breaking my cheekbone and cutting my eye. I was working eighteen-hour days to
build The Huffington Post, while being a mom to my two teenage daughters. What this wake-up call taught me was that even
though I was considered successful by our society's conventional measures of success, I was not living a successful life
by any sane definition of success. Something had to radically change in my life.
As I've learned firsthand, overwork, stress, and sleep deprivation have profound effects on virtually every part of our
lives. Our current model of success is not working for anyone. It’s not working for women, and really, it's not working
for men either.
Mark Hyman: All so true. Stress really does impact your physical well-being, which is why I loved your discussion of
the power of meditation in our lives to relieve stress and bring balance. You make the point that even a brief
meditative moment can have a restorative effect. Tell us more about that and your daily practice.
Arianna Huffington: There is more and more scientific evidence about the impact of mindfulness and meditation in our
lives. The list of all the conditions that these practices impact for the better—depression, anxiety, heart disease,
memory, aging, creativity—sounds like a label on snake oil from the 19th century! Except this cure-all is real, and
there are no toxic side effects. Indeed, 2013 was the year when meditation and mindfulness finally and overwhelmingly
stopped being seen as something vaguely flaky, vaguely New Age-y, definitely California, and fully entered the
I personally start every morning with at least 20 to 30 minutes of meditation. If you're just beginning, you can start
by introducing 5 minutes of meditation into your day. Even just a few minutes will open the door to creating a new
habit—and all the many proven benefits it brings.
Mark Hyman: Throughout the book you caution against the dangers of living in a permanently connected state. I agree
that it is a growing problem in society today. I know over Christmas you participated in a digital detox yourself. Is it
truly possible to disconnect, even when you are running the biggest online news site in the world?
Arianna Huffington: I'm happy to say that yes, it is possible! I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s in
Hawaii with my daughters, my sister, and my ex-husband—with no TV and no social media. Almost immediately, I was floored
by the realization of just how much my phones had become almost physical extensions of myself—I would instinctively
reach for them like phantom limbs! Unplugging meant rediscovering and savoring the moment for its own sake. Which is to
say, taking in a view without tweeting it. Eating a meal without Instagramming it. Hearing my daughters say something
hilarious and very shareable without sharing it. The unplugged version of myself was better able to give these things my
full attention. And when I came back to the office, I was truly refreshed.
Mark Hyman: All important points. What do you want to see readers take away from this book?
Arianna Huffington: In the book, I pull together three threads: my personal journey and my hard-earned lessons;
scientific studies about the importance of slowing down, sleep, meditation, and disconnecting from our devices; and many
daily practices, tools, and techniques that can begin to transform our lives.
I very much hope that the book will chart another way forward—a way available to all of us right now, wherever we find
ourselves. A way based on the timeless truth that life is shaped from the inside out—a truth that has been celebrated by
spiritual teachers, poets, and philosophers throughout the ages, and has now been validated by modern science.
So I very much hope that the book will help make room in our definition of success for well-being, wisdom, wonder, and
giving, and help us move from knowing what we need to do to actually doing it.
“A convincing, compact, anecdote-laced guide for achievers of every stripe.”
“In Thrive, Arianna urges all of us to get in touch with who we really are so that we can live life on our own terms.
From the importance of sleep to the imperative to listen to our own inner voice for ways to deal with the daily time
crunches we all feel, this book lays out a path for each of us to look within and make our lives more authentic and
“Provides powerful ideas about how to approach life differently.”
“At once intimate and formidable, this book is Arianna Huffington at her persuasive best. Thrive is a clarion call, a
meditation, and a practical response to the question of how to live.”
—Susan Cain, author of New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
“Refreshingly practical . . . Lean In may be able to tell women how to get what they want, but Thrive may help them to
figure out what that is.”
“Once in a generation, a book comes along that can truly transform your life. This is it. Thrive doesn’t show just how
to become more successful; it shows how to realize and experience what matters most.” —Dean Ornish, founder of
Preventive Medicine Research Institute, bestselling author of The Spectrum
“Full of compelling arguments (backed by substantial research) about why we need to redefine success.” –Real Simple
“A captivating look at what it takes to live a more meaningful, satisfying life. Brimming with passion, supported by
science, and crowned with practical insights, Arianna’s exceptional book will transform our workplaces, schools, and
families.” -Adam Grant, Wharton professor and author of Give and Take
“More a-ha moments than an episode of Oprah.” -People
"Reading this book is the best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones. A monumental work that will change
your life, and your health." -David B. Agus, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Southern
California and author NY Times bestsellers, The End of Illness and A Short Guide to a Long Life
“Begs us to redefine how we measure success: As women everywhere put their foot to the gas pedal in their careers, what
happens when we go too far?” –Shape
“Filled with cutting edge scientific research, captivating stories, and straightforward everyday practices, [Thrive] is
a call-to-action that informs, invigorates, and inspires all at once.” -Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author
of Brainstorm and Mindsight, professor, UCLA School of Medicine
"Arianna Huffington has written a passionate and much needed prescription for reshaping life from the inside out. Turn
off your cell phone, your email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and every other tool of the stressed-out, distracted world
to spend some time thinking about grace, joy and wonder. You'll be glad you did." –Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer prize winning
columnist and bestselling author of I Know Just What You Mean
"This is a generous, urgent, vital book, a chance to redefine how we keep score before it's too late. Arianna has given
us a gift, and delivered it with style." -Seth Godin, bestselling author of The Icarus Deception
"Arianna’s honest, raw and compelling call for us to Thrive, in the midst of a jumbled, chaotic world by redefining what
matters – well-being, wisdom, wonder, service and each other – is the right book, at the right time to heal us from our
disconnection to ourselves and each other." -Mark Hyman, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Blood Sugar
"Thrive is a book that makes me smile just thinking about it. It is a book of wit, wisdom, and practical advice for
changing our lives by changing our values. After all, why should we be content just to live when we can
thrive?" -Anne-Marie Slaughter, professor, Princeton University, author of What Works for Women at Work
"In our relentless pursuit of more and more success, we have lost touch with our true selves, our bodies, our families
and our friends. In Thrive Arianna brilliantly explores how we can climb out of our stressed out, over-committed lives
and once again create lives of balance and well-being." -Jack Canfield, Co-author of The Success Principles(TM)
"Socrates, Plato, Aristotle…Arianna. Beyond politics, there is her wisdom, applicable to everyone. This book probably
added ten years to my life, some of which I'll spend re-reading it." -Bill Maher, host of Real Time with Bill
Maher,bestselling author of The New Rules
"Rich in worldly wisdom and brimming with motivation, Arianna gently shows us how to face the craziness of life today
with awareness, grace and a sense of humor.” -Congressman Tim Ryan, Ohio, author of A Mindful Nation
“You can feel Arianna's passion on every page of this book. In Thrive, Arianna has created a new paradigm for
redefining how to systematically build a life of purpose and balance and accomplishment— the whole life we're all
ultimately after.” -Tony Schwartz, CEO, The Energy Project, author of The Way We're Working Isn't Working
"Beautiful, bold and brilliant…. I did not just read this book, I entered into long conversations with it. Thrive
profoundly transforms our understanding of success and wakes us up from the broken dreams we chase." -Elif Shafak,
bestselling author of Honor and The Forty Rules of Love
"Warning: The content of this book is highly contagious. Even slight exposure may set you on a path to far clearer
seeing, a radical resetting of your priorities, deep contentment, and, of course, thriving. Chances are, it will also
melt your heart." -Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor, UMass Medical School, author of Full Catastrophe Living
“One of the most important books of this century. Weaving a tapestry of home-spun wisdom, science and compelling life
stories, this is a profoundly uplifting and practical book that has something for everyone. A must read for anyone
wishing to live life more fully.” -Richard J. Davidson, founder and chair, Center for Investigating Healthy
Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Desperately needed in today’s Type A, hurry-up world. [Thrive] just screamed at me to slow down, turn off the inner
dialogue, sleep more, and stay in daily touch with my source of being.” -Wayne Dyer
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