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Arianna Huffington encourages work and life balance in Philly visit

The woman who lived on four hours of sleep encourages others get more.

Arianna Huffington. Credit: Wiki Commons. Arianna Huffington. Credit: Wiki Commons.

Arianna Huffington said Tuesday that Americans worry more about the charge of our smartphones and tablets than our own amount of physical energy.

Her message: "Go to bed, and let the smartphone die."

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Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, spoke to a group at the Hyatt at the Bellevue on South Broad Street.

The event, hosted by the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, opened the floor to Huffington to discuss her book: "Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder."

Huffington, who said she physically burnt out after years of constant work, said to shut off all electronic devices before bed. She said it's important to separate the worker from the work environment or else employees risk similar consequences.

"You do your job, you deliver, you don't have to be at your desk 18 hours a day to deliver. That's a delusion," she said.

"If you are expected to be plugged-in after working hours, that's a danger," she added. "It's important for people to be able to disconnect and be with their families and go on vacation without having to check their email."

The event wasn't without irony, as Huffington’s new book claims to push Americans toward choosing a job that fosters emotional and physical well-being over high salaries.

Critics are quick to point out that the news website she founded — HuffingtonPost.com — doesn't pay some of its bloggers.

 
 
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