Arianna Huffington announced last week that she was stepping down from running her digital news site, The Huffington Post. She said she’s planning to focus on a new company she has started, Thrive Global. Thrive Global is a health and well-being “platform,” designed to promote well-being and productivity in the workplace. As the press release stated, “It provides trainings, seminars, e-courses, coaching, and ongoing support based on the latest scientific findings from experts in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, productivity, sports, and sleep.”
Well-being and productivity have been much on Arianna Huffington’s mind since 2007, when since she collapsed from exhaustion brought on by over work. After her recovery, she wrote Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder followed by The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time. She is an enthusiastic speaker about the benefits of incorporating meditation, yoga, and better sleep into one’s routine, and she is equally convinced that companies that do this for their employees will see greater productivity and an enhanced bottom line.
The Thrive site will include related merchandise as well as forums for consumers, ways to measure their progress, and information about a variety of health issues such as sleep, nutrition, meditation and more. Companies that sign up will have access to vetted services, retreats, trainers and other technologies to help their employees get healthier.