Wellness Evidence Study: Exercise Makes People Happier than Money

According to a new study from Oxford and Yale (data from 1.2 million people), exercise is more important to mental health than having money. People who exercise regularly feel “bad” for 35 days a year, while non-exercisers feel “bad” an additional 18 days. Physically active people feel just as good as those who don’t exercise but who earn $25,000 more a year. Three to five…

First Research on Global Physical Activity Sector to Be Released at GWS

The GWI’s 2019 research report will be the first devoted to the global physical activity sector—and will be released at the 2019 Global Wellness Summit, October 15–17, at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Conference attendees will have first access to analysis of this fast-growing market that spans gyms and health clubs; personal training; yoga, Pilates, tai chi, martial arts, and other mind-body practices; fitness clothing and…

May’s Wellness Moonshot™: How to Create New Connections in Work and Life

Our need to feel connected—to bond, belong and befriend—runs deep. And medical evidence shows that human connection is the lynchpin of our wellbeing, while other research shows that workplaces built on harmonious, productive relationships are linked to lower stress, greater happiness and peak performance. This month, The GWI’s Wellness Moonshot Calendar: A Year of Inspiration focuses on new ways to connect with our coworkers, family and friends.…

Climate Change: The Defining Future Issue for the Wellness Industry

MONTHLY BAROMETER – WELLNESS EDITION Monthly Barometer No more beating about the bush: Climate change is a risk like no other, and it’s accelerating. (1) A spate of recent research concludes that greater severity and intensity of extreme weather with its second-round effects (such as rising waters) is not only happening but on the increase. (2) Two central bank governors just called on financial regulators,…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

The Big Business of Loneliness – Vox, May 6, 2019 Loneliness is pervasive and increasing, particularly in Anglo-Saxon countries—a tragedy and a trap for many people. Not surprisingly, companies and entrepreneurs now make it a business to sell an end to social isolation. From co-living apartments to co-working spaces to apps that help facilitate human connection, there is a lot of investment and infrastructure being…