If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington about the coffee beans, alarm clock, and perfume she can’t live without.
Coffee is one of life’s great joys. And I love Bulletproof coffee. It’s not only delicious but, because the Bulletproof coffee recipe contains grass-fed butter in it, also filling. I have it for breakfast in my Bulletproof thermos and I nurse it for hours until lunch! Sometimes I’ll have another during the day, but in accordance with what the sleep experts recommend, I try to cut off my caffeine by around 2 p.m.
One of my all-time favorite books that’s always by my nightstand. I regularly read a few pages of it before going to sleep. Marcus Aurelius was the emperor of Rome for 19 years and a Stoic philosopher who can teach us all how to find the eye of the hurricane in the middle of our hectic and stressful lives. There’s so much wisdom on every page, you can just let the book fall open — he was an emperor, after all, so let him choose — and find something that will be meaningful for whatever you’re facing that day.
I love Blue Mountain’s organic sprouted Brazil nuts and hazelnuts and its “European truly raw almonds.” Because they’re sprouted, which involves soaking them first to allow them to germinate, they’re easier to digest. They’re my favorite snack and we have them on tap, in little nut-dispenser machines, at Thrive Global. Turn the crank, and you get a little handful of satisfaction.
It’s hard to say why you love a particular perfume. All I can say is that ever since Alexander McQueen released this perfume, I’ve tried many times to wean myself from it and try something new, but I always go right back. I have now finally surrendered.
I’m Greek, so cheese is in our blood — in fact, cheese might actually be our blood. I’m joking, of course. Everybody knows our blood is made of yogurt. I can, and do, eat this cheese at any and all times, for breakfast, lunch, and especially as an afternoon snack with a handful of nuts. I live in fear that they’re going to discover cheese is horrible for you, but it seems to have made it safely into the 21st century. Fingers crossed!
The excuse most people use for allowing their phones in their bedrooms overnight — thus allowing their phones to cut into the quality and duration of their sleep — is that they need to use it for an alarm clock. And this is true even for people who actually realize how bad it is for us to sleep next to our phones. If only someone would invent an alarm clock that’s not a phone and a gateway to the internet. Oh, wait, they have! That’s why I love my old-school alarm clock from Pottery Barn. It’s also my most frequently given gift. And by using it to help you get your phone out of the bedroom, you’re less likely to actually need an alarm clock — of any kind — to wake up.
Yes, it’s a Thrive Global product, but we only made it because it’s a product we actually want to use. And I do use it — all the time. It’s an easy way to put your phone to bed before putting yourself to bed, and not having your phone right by your bed will allow you to actually recharge along with your phone. And because it charges up to ten devices, the whole family can use it, helping parents to teach their children the value of having a healthy relationship with their phones. We also have them outside of our conference rooms at Thrive Global for device-free — and much more efficient and productive — meetings.
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