Week 2: Thrive OCourse with Arianna Huffington

I just completed the second week of Arianna Huffington’s 6-week Thrive OCourse, an online course based on her book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. It was loaded with ideas for ways we can start to decrease our dependence on our electronic devices and tools to help us increase our energy by moving our bodies. What I like about her approach is that she starts with small, manageable steps and asks us to gradually build on them.

Lesson’s intention: This week’s intention is to disconnect from our devices at set times on a regular basis and to move our bodies.

Reading assignments: primary reading 62-67, 94-102; supplemental reading 28-34, 139-142

Life audit: Identify 3 digital triggers and set 3 movement goals.

Keystone habits: Two new habits that we’re encouraged to start practicing.

Create a digital detox plan: Disconnect from social media and electronic devices on a regular basis so that we can reconnect with ourselves, and with those around us. Turn off notifications (pings and vibrations) and remove devices from the bedroom at night. Gradually increase the amount of time we turn off our phone/device and/or limit the number of times we check them.

Get moving: Move our bodies for at least 15 minutes daily to increase our energy and improve our health.

Trackers: Tools to help us implement new habits and track our progress. They help increase awareness and mindfulness.

Guest teacher: Rudy Mettia is Arianna’s yoga instructor and he guides her through several simple exercises that can be done anywhere. He also provides two guided body scan meditations that I really like. They’re both short and simple, and can be done anywhere as well. The purpose of the scans is to locate any tension, relax and release it. He’s also created supplemental yoga lessons to enhance and build on the basics.

Community board: A place to communicate with our thrive tribe, or community of supporters.

Live “office hours”: I’ve really enjoyed the office hours where Arianna is available to answer our questions. I’m amazed at how well she’s able to “think on her feet” and respond thoughtfully to whatever is asked of her.

This week’s key points: I was surprised to learn from Arianna that the average person checks their electronic device every six and a half minutes (approximately 150 times per day)! Checking that many times seems almost like an obsession or addiction. Technology has many great benefits, but if used excessively, it can be detrimental. I don’t check nearly that often, only about 10x per day. My movement goal is to go to the gym 3x per week. I’ve noticed that when I exercise regularly, it has psychological, as well as physical benefits. Exercise unleashes my creativity and I get new ideas, which makes me feel great.

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