Arianna Huffington: We Live in Collective Delusion

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April 7 (Bloomberg) -- Huffington Post Media Group President Arianna Huffington and “The Purpose Economy” Author Aaron Hurst discuss the work life balance on Bloomberg Television's “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg)

You get peggy lee in the beginning of the book.

Nasim in as well./ when did your life change?

My life changed actually seven years ago yesterday.

I saw that on twitter.

When i collapsed from exhaustion, burnout, and food deprivation.

I hit my head on the desk on the way down, broke my cheekbone, got four stitches on my right eye.

It started me on this journey of asking myself the question that good philosophers used to ask like, what is a good life?

What is success?

By conventional definitions of success -- if you are lying in a pool of blood on the floor of your office, you are not a success.

Critics say you have been driven -- coming out of greece, you have been driven and be successful.

How do you bring the advantages an elite has worked that someone successful has over to someone less successful.

How can those struggling in america thrives?

What i am saying in the book, we are all living under the collect the delusion that the way to thrive and succeed, the more popular word, is to simply burn out.

That that is the only way to exceed.

Because we have a lot of role models who have done it this way, we believe that.

But it is totally untrue.

I was talking to oprah the other day for her show, and she said at the beginning of doing my show, i used to be so exhausted that i didn't have the energy to take my clothes off.

I would sleep in my clothes.

Do you really think that oprah is oprah because he didn't have the energy to take her clothes off?

I sleep in my bowtie every night.

[laughter] tmi file.

I totally believe it.

Instagram of him sleeping in his bowtie?

I want to get something you but a couple of weeks ago -- get to something that was written a couple of weeks ago.

She wrote in "foreign policy" as a pushed back, saying recline.

If we're going to fight the culture of workplace ubiquity, we need to do it together and we need to bring our husbands, boyfriends, mailed colleagues along.

They need to lean out in solidarity.

What does sheryl sandberg say?

We had -- she gave me a great endorsement.

She talks herself about getting eight hours of sleep.

Leaving facebook at 5:30 p.m. to have dinner with the kids and then working after that.

We are seeing there is no trade-off between performance and nurturing human -- human capital.

Look at star athletes.

It is all about winning.

The integrated sleep, meditation, yoga practices, because they are more effective.

I want to bring this back.

I think it is important to the 10 thousand women right now throwing guest a o kilo at the tv screen because they are making $122,000 a year and they can't afford the construct to thrive as those successful can?

How do you success -- suggest those with less advantage can thrive?

What i say in the book -- wherever you find yourself, whether struggling to put food on the table, the one thing you can actually control is our own attitude what happens in our lives and bringing a sense of gratitude about wherever we find ourselves.

I think the problem we have right now is we are actually focusing so much on the first two methods of success -- money and power -- that we are missing out on the third metric, i will well-being.

In the appendices, she has 40 pages on here is what to do.

And giving was a part of that.

It is all in the family because as it turns out, you wrote a review of aaron hurst's book -- where she says he powerfully sums up the purpose economy.

What is it about purpose, giving, the notion that we are becoming bigger than ourselves?

We got faster, stronger, smarter and now we are trying to get more human.

I think we're getting to the point in the millennial generation.

They are mandating that.

In your business, how are you helping your employees improve the well-being?

A lot of ceos are struggling.

First of all, we have an e-mail policy that makes it clear that once you are off work, you are off work.

You are not expected to be on.

Unless there is something urgent that happens and we need you.

Two nap rooms where people can go and have a nap.

Please, can this be a federal law?

Bloomberg should probably institute nap rooms for you guys.

With the bowtie.

Breathing classes, yoga classes, healthy snacks like you have -- although yours are not entirely healthy.

Modern-day philosopher david letterman, you quote him later in the book of giving.

I mentioned those less advantaged earlier.

For those advantaged, to give more.

Is there a new charity?

First of all, it is whatever charity.

It is not just money.

It is also time.

It is also just little things like making personal connections with people we otherwise might take for granted in the course of our day.

Our cleaning crew, the barista in the coffee shop.

Daily acts of kindness and conscious living that transform the way we live our lives.

You talk about transformation, our business is transforming incredibly, almost seems like weekly.

Digital media.

You were a pioneer of bundling content, getting it together and getting smart people to talk about it.

Where is it going over the next year?

One of the changes connected to what we are saying is, while the tradition used to be if it bleeds, it leads -- put bad news on the front page, and it will do great.

Now with social, we are finding what people like to share is actually good news, actually examples of generosity, ingenuity, compassion, that is the kind of content that gets mo st play.

We have a dedicated section called good news, and he gets incredible traffic.

Speaking of dedicated newsman, you have to go off to

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