Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, is leaving the liberal news website to launch a health startup company called Thrive Global.
Arianna, 66, has secured funding for Thrive and will formally launch the venture in November 2016.
The company will work with corporations to improve their employees’ well-being.
“It is important to know when one door closes and another opens,” Huffington told the Wall Street Journal. “I felt that moment had arrived.”
Arianna launched the Huffington Post in 2005 and sold it to AOL for $315 million in 2011. While the Greek media mogul is rich and successful, she said fame and fortune does not guarantee happiness.
In order to be truly successful, you need to take care of your health, Arianna wrote in her bestselling book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success
Arianna’s secrets for mental and physical fitness include meditation, a healthy diet, and exercise.
“We know that physical activity is an incredibly powerful component of our overall well-being,” said Huffington. “If we’re going to redefine success to include well-being, we also need to redefine getting in shape to include mental and soul fitness.”
Arianna says another critical component of health and happiness is getting enough sleep, Celebrity Health Fitness reported.
Huffington had an epiphany in 2007 after a harrowing accident caused by sleep deprivation, she recounted in her book The Sleep Revolution.
Arianna suffered a broken cheekbone and got a gash over her eye after a fall caused by chronic exhaustion and sleep deprivation. That’s when she realized that her material success was jeopardizing her physical well-being.
“If you are lying in a pool of blood on the floor of your office, you are not successful,” said Huffington. “Our current definition of success is literally killing us. [We should all] get 30 minutes more sleep a night than we’re getting now.”