Arianna Huffington on Unplugging and Slowing Down

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

As founder, chair and president of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington champions a fast-paced, news cycle and has shaped the digital culture in which we now live. But Huffington says our round-the-clock schedules aren't working.

"They're not working at the individual level with a greater incidence of preventable chronic diseases. They're not working at the collective level [as] our health care system has become unsustainable. And they’re not working at the level of the bottom line," she says. "So I think businesses are recognizing that if we don’t integrate wellness into businesses and prioritizing what we do it can have a big impact on our productivity."

That's why Huffington says the debate over Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's telecommuting ban misses the larger point.

"Right now, frankly, it's not about where you work," she says. "The big question is whether you're always supposed to be on. If you work from everywhere are you supposed to work all the time?"

This week on New Tech City, Huffington tells host Manoush Zomorodi that at her company, the answer is no. A self-described "sleep evangelist" and wellness obsessive, Huffington has designated special nap rooms for workers at HuffPo's headquarters.

"I believe this is great for retention, great for productivity and creativity," she says.

In addition, Huffington recently unveiled an iPhone app called GPS For The Soul, which measures stress and offers tips on how to manage it.

"We often use technology now to learn to disconnect from technology," she says.


Arianna Huffington

Hosted by:

Manoush Zomorodi

Produced by:

Jessica Gould and Daniel P. Tucker


Charlie Herman

Comments [3]



There are exercise programs like TAT (Tapas Fleming TAT-life) and Donna Eden's Energy Medicine which when practiced over time, actually do make one look and feel younger! Maybe Ariana Huffington, savvy as she is, has been aware of Donna and Tapas as well. And making a priority of those self-care habits is part of what Ms. Huffington is talking about.

Mar. 22 2013 01:42 PM
Rudaina Hamade

Arianna Huffington, an inspiring professional and a perfect picture of wisdom and success.

Mar. 20 2013 11:31 PM

It's a little unsettling to see this mature 62 year woman looking younger and younger as the years go by. In the photo for this topic, she appears to be a teenager - will she look like an infant soon???

Mar. 19 2013 11:44 AM

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