This week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash. She is a leading voice against fat shaming, an online entrepreneur , and the proud parent of a beautiful award winning show cat. And in her “spare” time she founded Black Cat Plus, an amazing plus size fashion blog and e-store.
There is no shortage of books that promise to tell you how to have a more successful happier life, but when the author is Arianna Huffington, Thrive got my attention. But rather than another “you can do it” booster book, Thrive is a guide to finding the balance between life and work. Where Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg urges women not to be afraid of hard work and career committment, Thrive explores how to be sucessful yet have a healthy happy life.
What makes the book especially impressive is the meticulous research behind her observations and reccommendations. Huffington offers litterally hundreds of studies that explore emotions, attitudes and career paths. For example a study from Duke University found that poor sleep is associated with increase stress, heart disease and diabetes. Other types of research found health benefits of pets of both pets and volunteering.
The Five Keys of a Balanced Life
Whe I first started to read Thrive, it seemed to be an alternative to Lean In, but as I dug deeper, I realized that it offered additional and important ways to balance ambition and well-being. Ms Huffington covers five key areas– meditation, walking, sleep, pets and giving. I’m a meditation drop-out and I was so relieved to learn that good sleep habits and volunteerism are equally effective ways to be both emotionally and physically healthy despite a challenging career. The book is an easy to read blend of personal stories, research and genuinely helpful and practical advice. This is the kind of book I will share with good friends who share my passion for interesting work. These friends are my most important support system and I want them to enjoy a long, healthy life.