How Arianna Huffington thrives on self-reflection

Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington is a star Greek-American author, columnist and businesswoman.

While she’s well known in the media, what’s not known is Arianna’s practice of self-reflection, a ‘Thrive Journal’ that summarizes her tips for self-reflection and gratitude.

Here are  the steps that she follows:

  1. Begin with a Life Audit
  2. Set goals for each area of your life
  3. Be inspired to get more sleep
  4. Take a moment to meditate and breathe
  5. Discover the power of gratitude
  6. Get ready to begin your Thrive Journey today.

Building companies and writing books

Her two biggest achievements have been founding and building ‘The Huffington Post’ and ‘Thrive Global’, along the way – signing deals worth multiple millions and including clients such as Uber, Accenture and Airbnb.

She has also authored 15 books, including the instant smash successes: ‘Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success’ and ‘Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time’.

It now wonder that she was selected to be part of Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential persons and Forbes’ most powerful women.

Early decisions

Arianna Huffington arrives at “early decisions” through understanding and self-reflection on what she should hone and improve.

It leads to her arriving at conclusions on what decisions should be made as a leader, along with a “combination of data and gut”.

She also observes that leaders should realize that everything is not completely data-driven.

Only through self-reflection, a leader can understand complexities and arrive at gratitude, she realized.

Understanding the relationship with technology

The self-reflection guru is convinced that we can take control of our relationship with technology, but she believes that we should start small.

She puts down her description of introspection and growth in the following manner.

At Thrive Global, our behavior change philosophy is rooted in Microsteps — science-backed changes that are too small-to-fail and can be incorporated into our daily life right away”.

She is also clear that it is important to feel gratitude, in order to order our lives better.

For her, What we practice, by default or through intention, will eventually become real pathways in our brain. It is the route to improve your overall well-being, she feels.

Changing the way we work and live

Arianna Huffington appears to have been deeply into self-reflection for a long time, which made her ease into the media quickly. But in gratitude, she articulates her self-growth as a point that happened sharply in one year:

That made her understand gratitude, begin a worldwide tour and observe some startling changes.

As she described it: I saw two things: First, that we’re facing a stress and burnout epidemic. And second, that people deeply want to change the way they work and live…

Going into self-reflection and looking at the positive

Being the founder and CEO of Thrive Gobal, Arianna Huffington narrates through self-reflection that it is important to not only look inside, but also exhibit gratitude.

In one article she published in Thrive Global, her therapist, Jackie Wright Holland, responds to a conversation she had: “I also think gratitude is not about foreclosing on disappointment, hurt, anger, and sadness. It’s not about denying when something is awful. It’s just reflecting on what you still have, what’s good and what’s better.”

The focus is on how you introspect, go into self-reflection and look at the positive.

Understanding self-reflection

Arianna Huffington’s has also faced her share of challenges, including how to upscale growth and manage her large and growing responsibilities.

She admits that her biggest challenge has been self-reflection and understanding ‘how to focus’ and how to prioritize.

What does the future hold?

Arianna Huffington has already reached a global breakthrough as multi-millionaire. But she also wanted to touch the hearts and minds of people to “end the stress and burnout epidemic” that she saw everywhere.

Explaining what she wants to achieve in future, she says: “That’s why I launched Thrive Global.”

“To go beyond raising awareness and create something real and tangible that would help individuals, companies and communities improve their well-being and performance and unlock their greatest potential. At Thrive Global, helping you achieve these goals is our mission and our passion.”

She seems to have taken steps towards moving upstream, so that she can aim to attack the root causes of mental health issues. Her aim is to prevent mental health problems, not just treat the symptoms.

How you can get started with self-reflection

Have you tried starting your day with a practice of self-reflection and gratitude?

Get started with Daylitude to shift your mindset, increase positivity, and discover a greater connection with yourself.


Interested in other self reflection and gratitude practices?