In a society where a lack of sleep and burnout are worn as badges of honor, Arianna Huffington knows that there is a better way to find success and happiness.

While Huffington acknowledges that some people succeed despite exhausting themselves, no one succeeds because of it. "Many, many more people would have achieved success had they not burned themselves out," she says.

In her most recent book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, Huffington makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world.

These books, which Huffington cites in Thrive, will help you do just that.

Huffington holds this autobiographical work as one of her favorites. "It's helped me explore the possibility that our nighttime dreams, far from shutting us off from the real world, actually open up another reality--a timeless place that allows us to listen to our souls," she says.

2. Being With Dying, by Joan Halifax

Halifax is a Zen Buddhist priest, an anthropologist, and a hospice worker. She writes that treating death as a "drugged-up, tube-entangled, institutionalized" final stage denies us valuable life lessons. Her teachings affirm that we can "open and contact our inner strength," and that we can help others who are suffering to do the same.

3. Catching the Big Fish, by David Lynch

Successful director David Lynch, who is a longtime meditator, describes his personal methods of capturing and working with ideas, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.

4. Mindfulness, by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

These authors suggest a variety of quick and easy ways to practice mindfulness, including taking something we've placed on autopilot--brushing our teeth, drinking our morning coffee--and putting it back on the list of things we pay attention to.

5. Give and Take, by Adam Grant

Grant, a Wharton professor, cites studies that show that those who give their time and effort to others end up achieving more success than those who don't. It's true for salespeople, engineers, and medical students: Nice guys don't finish last!

6. Search Inside Yourself, by Chade-Meng Tan

One of the most popular classes Google offers to its employees is called "Search Inside Yourself." The class was started by Tan, an engineer and Google employee who eventually wrote this book about his principles. The course is divided into three parts: attention training, self-knowledge, and building useful mental habits.

7. Lessons for the Living, by Stan Goldberg

Even if we stubbornly refuse to allow death to influence our lives, our lives will definitely influence our deaths. The author writes that "the ideas and emotions people carry with them through life often determine the quality of their death."

Published on: Jun 8, 2015