Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of eleven ...

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Exploring the link between sleep and school performance

March 4, 2015

After many years of neglecting sleep's importance in our lives, we've entered a golden age of sleep studies. We now know that sleep plays a central role in everything from creativity to memory consolidation, and that sleep deprivation, in addition to being associated with a range of debilitating conditions, can leave us with the same cognitive capacity of someone legally drunk.

  • Author Jonah Berger discusses sharing news online

    February 25, 2015

    "Contagious: Why Things Catch On" established Jonah Berger as a thought leader on a subject with big implications for the future of media: why we share. As The Huffington Post launches What's Working, an editorial initiative to double down on our coverage of positive news and solutions, I asked Jonah, a Wharton Business School professor, for his insights. Here he offers his thoughts on the future of positive news, technology's role in the spread of ideas and the powerful emotions that drive us to share.

  • What's working? Positive news deserves higher priority

    February 6, 2015

    There's an old saying in the news business, one that's guided editorial thinking for decades: "If it bleeds, it leads." That is, stories of violence, tragedy, dysfunction and corruption get top billing -- at the top of the hour, at the top of the computer or phone screen or above the newspaper fold -- driven by the assumption that these are the stories the public will be most drawn to watch or read.

  • Serving others can change the world

    January 8, 2015

    As we begin 2015 and look ahead to all the possibilities of a new year, we all have an opportunity to make giving a part of our lives. Giving, loving, caring, empathy and compassion, going beyond ourselves and stepping out of our comfort zones to help serve others -- this is the only viable answer to the multitude of problems the world is facing.

  • India melding rapid innovation with ancient traditions to improve life for all

    December 10, 2014

    NEW DELHI, INDIA -- Greetings from India, where we're launching our latest international edition, HuffPost India, in collaboration with The Times of India Group and its digital arm, Times Internet (TIL).

  • Rethinking work: Employees' well-being is good for business

    November 26, 2014

    To be "a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit." That's not something we normally associate with the business world, but that's the purpose of a group called The B Team, a nonprofit founded in 2012 by Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz, with the mission "to catalyse a better way of doing business for the well-being of people and the planet." Normally, being assigned to the "B" team isn't something to be happy about, but I'm thrilled to be a part of this one, along with business leaders, healthcare experts, academics, NGO leaders and entrepreneurs.

  • We're finally embracing the wisdom of the ages about sleep

    November 19, 2014

    Sleep is having its moment in the sun -- or, more appropriately, its moment in a darkened room, with blackout shades drawn, the temperature somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, all smartphones and tablets banished from the room and maybe a white noise machine softly whirring in the corner.

  • Stress is universal: Life lessons from the Land Down Under

    October 1, 2014

    I was just in Auckland, New Zealand, after a few very pleasant days in Australia, which is just coming out of a pleasant winter and heading into an even more pleasant spring. Did I mention it's very pleasant there?

  • Stop leaving your vacation time on the table

    August 20, 2014

    I hope you're not reading this. That's because, this being mid-August, I hope as many people as possible are on vacation somewhere. And if you are on vacation, you definitely shouldn't be staring into screens -- so please, close the computer or power down your phone immediately and take a walk outside.

  • Let's end the wasteful war on drugs by putting science first

    July 30, 2014

    Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time. This is true not only when those thoughts contradict each other, but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren't. And nowhere is there a greater need for us to get past this tendency than when discussing the ongoing war on drugs and the growing movement for the decriminalization of marijuana. It should be possible to say both that:

  • Here's what happens when you type 'Why Am' into Google in New York

    July 23, 2014

    Do you know what happens when you live in New York and you type the words "why am" into Google? Before you can type the next word, Google's Autocomplete function helpfully offers to complete your thought. The first suggestion: "why am I so tired?" The second: "why am I always tired?" The Zeitgeist perfectly captured by Google.

  • Lincon, FDR, and the power of the well-timed vacation

    July 17, 2014

    It's the middle of summer, which means two things: All over the country, people are going on vacation, and Washington, D.C. is a mess. Might part of the reason be that, while most people recognize the benefits of unplugging, recharging and renewing in the summer, our politicians spend the season tethered to the same hamster wheel, including endless calls and events begging for money?

  • Big business finally learns that wellness is good business

    July 10, 2014

    2014 has been the year when the discussion of well-being has migrated from health and wellness magazines to business magazines.

  • Talk about the 'sleeper' issue of our time!

    June 26, 2014

    This month has brought ample evidence of the power of sleep to affect us in both positive and negative ways, and demonstrated why we need to start treating sleep as the vital health, safety and social issue that it is. I've been evangelizing about the upside of downtime for many years, but it seems like every week brings yet more evidence.

  • Burnout and sound decision making, especially in Washington, don't mix

    May 21, 2014

    This month delivered a tale of two investigations. The first was the party-line vote in the House to launch yet another investigation into 2012's deadly attacks in Benghazi. The second was the conclusion of a very different kind of investigation with the release of the National Climate Assessment from the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The tale of these two investigations holds great significance for the 2014 and 2016 elections and beyond. And the juxtaposition of the two raises questions about whether the state of our politics is up to meeting the challenges we face.