Arianna Huffington wants you to relax

Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington, cofounder of the Huffington Post, spoke at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival.
Dan Bayer/ Courtesy of the Aspen Institute

Arianna Huffington's new book, "Thrive," advises readers to take a more laid-back approach to life. The founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post urges us to get more sleep, turn off our digital devices and spend a little time in meditation.

The irony of being told to relax by the overactive Huffington isn't lost on reviewers, like Hanna Rosin in Slate:

Our new doctor of the "hurry sickness" could be her own best patient. Over the years she has remade herself from a conservative to a liberal to a Greek immigrant to a star of Cambridge debate to a best-selling author to political wife to a New Age proponent to a California gubernatorial candidate to a media mogul and back to a new kind of New Age proponent, channeling the updated language of wellness and meditation, preaching about how to "unplug" from the toxic "Western workplace culture." The woman who complains that "people are so addicted to technology" that 20 percent of us use smartphones during sex has also traveled with two BlackBerrys, one for each network so she is never out of touch.

The book's full title is "Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder."

The Huffington Post launched in 2005 and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Huffington says she envisions the website transforming from a politics site to a place that focuses on how we live our lives. She talks with Kerri Miller about how Americans consume media, and about the future of her media empire.

Learn more about Arianna Huffington and The Huffington Post:

Arianna Huffington: 'I'm optimistic about the media - even newspapers'
While news and politics remains HuffPo's No 1 content category, with 40m monthly uniques in the US, lifestyle and wellbeing has grown from being insignificant to overtaking entertainment and technology to become the second biggest category, with 26m monthly uniques. (The Guardian)

Building a Brand With a Blog
The Huffington Post has succeeded by failing. The promised missives from stars never much materialized, but the site is booming, fueled by rapid-fire news postings and more than 700 bloggers, most of whom you have never heard of. (David Carr, The New York Times)

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