Week 6: Thrive OCourse with Arianna Huffington

I just completed the sixth and final week of Arianna Huffington’s 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. After going through her six-part course, I’m amazed at the amount of wisdom the author has demonstrated, and been willing to share with all of us. Although the course has ended, the journey continues as we keep working to integrate the tools she’s given us into our lives.

Lesson’s intention: The theme of this week is giving, and it’s not limited to just money. We can also give of our time, talents, and skills.

Reading assignments: primary reading 235-245; supplemental reading 224-235, 254-258, 259-261

Life audit: We can find out what kind of giver we are by taking a quiz offered by The Christian Science Monitor.

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

The first habit is to make small gestures of kindness and giving a habit, and pay attention to how this affects our mind, emotions and body.

The second habit is to use a skill or talent we have to help someone who could benefit from it.

Trackers: These are the tools that help us track our progress and stay on course.

Guest teacher: Adam Grant, a Wharton professor and author of Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success tells us that giving in small ways everyday can have a big impact on our energy, happiness and success. He urges us to make giving an important part of our lives and gives us the following two assignments:

  1.  Do 3 more “5 minute favors” per week
  2.  Discover how we can use our talents and skills to give to others

Community board: A place to communicate with our thrive tribe, or community of supporters. There have been many great posts made by the participants of the class and I’ve really enjoyed reading them.

Live “office hours”: This is a time when Arianna is available to answer our questions.

This week’s key points: We need to go beyond being Go Getters to being Go Givers. Giving back is an important part of the cycle of life. When we give on a regular basis, that generosity makes us feel good and reminds us of the abundance in our own lives. The transformitive power of giving is felt by the giver as much as the receiver.

I love this quote that Arianna included at the end of the final class:

And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.” -Iain Thomas

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