Most recently I got to see Arianna Huffington speak at a conference.  I enjoyed her message, it was all about: WELL-BEING ~ WISDOM ~ WONDER ~ GIVING
Well-being is the first pillar to a life well lived.  Well-being is a very broad term… what does it mean exactly?  The essence of your own personal well-being it to be connected to your authentic self, until you are connected deeply to who you are, it is only then that you can be truly connected to others. This connection to ourselves and our own well-being is elusive to many of us.  It is even harder to connect with yourself when you are constantly being distracted or consumed by social media, the internet and your phone.  Many of us don’t allow ourselves to be “bored” which in many ways is how we tap into our own well-being, which is why meditation is so powerful and important.  She recommends putting your phone “to bed” at night and tucking it in, so you can truly get a good night’s sleep.
Wisdom builds naturally with life experience.  When you are re-charged and well rested you make better decisions, which in turn lead to living a better life.  This is one of the best things about getting older… you generally get wiser because of your life experiences.
88% of Americans watched the eclipse, which tells us how hungry we are for Wonder in our lives.  Stop walking and texting, and instead look around while you walk, look at the sky, the trees, the buildings and the people around you.  Recently, I was in Chicago and I visited the Bean.  I loved just watching people interact with the Bean, and to admire the beauty of this amazing sculpture.
They say Giving is one of the best things a person can do to increase their happiness level.  Volunteering and giving one’s time to something they feel passionate about can give a person meaning to their life.  This year I have more time, and I found that I have wanted to fill that time with volunteering and being involved in social justice causes.  I have to say it makes me feel good to see the direct impact of my time and energy into a cause that I believe in.
Arianna’s latest project?  www.thriveglobal.com, share your personal story of burnout or finding your best life.
In Arianna’s words:
Upwards, Onwards and Inwards!