“I reply to every message within ten minutes.”
“I am accessible even during vacations.”
“I sleep for five hours a day.”
These habits, seen as accomplishments, are often bragged about by employees in office corridors and canteens as they are linked with efficiency and high productivity. But media mogul and founder of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington doesn’t think so. “It is delusional to believe you need to be always on to succeed. It is one of those things where an entire culture believes in something false.”
There are numbers to demonstrate that companies and individuals in India are grappling with stress and burnout. According to the World Health Organisation, 4.5 per cent of India’s population suffers from depression and 36 per cent of Indians are likely to suffer from major depression at some point in their lives.
It is to bring about a behavioural change in India that Huffington is bringing her new venture “Thrive Global” to India. “I wanted to launch in India first because India doesn’t just need the solutions but it also has the answers to these modern problems in its ancient wisdom and philosophy,” she says.