A new book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating A Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder has arrived from the famous author and pundit, Arianna Huffington. In the beginning of the book, she was confident that she fit everyone’s typical notions of success, but then she collapsed from exhaustion and cut her cheek on a desk. However much she looked like the very definition of success, “If you’re lying in a pool of blood, then by definition, you’re not.” She proposes a “Third Metric” of success, equal in importance to the first two metrics, power and money. Satisfaction and an appetite for life are often based on the Third Metric. Huffington includes sleep, contemplation, activities with family, exercise, and giving to others in her Metric for thriving.

Well-Being and happiness are talked about endlessly now. From the amount of health and wellness news reporting in the media, you might think there is nothing left to say. But when we hear how elusive contentment is even to the rich and famous like Ms. Huffington, we realize that something is very off about our formula. At SunSprite, we are trying to remind people of the basics, like the importance of outdoor time with sunlight, to a thriving life. We must keep recognizing how far astray we have all gone in our lifestyles, if we need to remind each other to get outside in the sunlight. Yes, too much sun can increase the risk of skin cancer. But no, an indoor life all the time, a dim life, is not the answer.

You can read Ms. Huffington’s explanation of her book in a talk at the Harvard School of Public Health.