In many ways, stress and burnout are very modern problems. Our always-on lives are fueled by our always-on technology that keeps us feeling perpetually harried, always behind and just trying to get through the day, the next hour or the next five minutes. It’s why Belgian philosopher Pascal Chabot called burnout “civilization’s disease.”

But as modern as the sources of this disease may be, the solutions are just the opposite. Throughout history, philosophers and thinkers have asked: what does it mean to live a good life? What do we need to be happy, fulfilled and truly thrive? Along the way, we stopped asking ourselves these questions, but the answers are still there.

At Thrive Global, part of our mission is to shine a light on this ancient wisdom, make it accessible to people’s daily lives and show how it’s been validated by modern science.

That’s why I’m delighted to introduce our new video series How to Thrive: Lessons From Ancient Chinese Wisdom. In each of our eight episodes — all just a few minutes long — you’ll learn about a guiding concept from China’s 5,000 year-old culture and how it can be applied to your daily life. Topics include the Taoist concept of Yin Yang, Harmony, Kindness, Wu-Wei (grace-filled action) and the true lessons of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.

How to Thrive: Lessons From Ancient Chinese Wisdom is hosted by ShaoLan, founder of Chineasy. I would love to hear from you on how you can apply these lessons in your own life. Lessons from Ancient Indian Wisdom next!


  • Arianna Huffington

    Founder & CEO of Thrive

    Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on numerous boards, including Onex and The B Team. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers. Most recently, she wrote the foreword to Thrive's first book, Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps.