January’s Wellness Moonshot: EMERGE

A new year reminds us to pause and re-center our lives around what really matters: physical and mental health, family and friends, and meaningful work. But in our increasingly complex, confusing world, 2020 demands something more: More of us need to emerge as “wellness leaders”—not only in our own lives but in our families and communities. Read more for tips and inspiration from The Wellness…

Dance: A Proven Depression Fighter

Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) has not been used in clinical guidelines for interventions in depression because of the perceived lack of evidence. To remedy this, Edge Hill University, UK, undertook a systematic review of high-quality studies and found that DMT—in every study—was found to be an effective therapy for the treatment of adults with depression. ACCESS STUDY Read Quartz’s important, new article about the powerful…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

Finland is considering a four-day week. Is this the secret of happiness? – The Guardian, January 6, 2020 The new 34-year-old Finnish prime minister has floated the proposal of reduced working hours to boost productivity and cut carbon emissions. This article presents the evidence behind the idea. In a nutshell: It works! Different recent studies conducted around the world show that working less enhances productivity…

GWI Launches “Beyond GDP, World Happiness & Wellbeing” Initiative

The GWI just launched a new initiative that will focus on new metrics and ideas that go beyond GDP, to help businesses and governments shift toward a regenerative economy, an investment in planetary health, and to embrace the new science behind achieving world happiness, wellbeing and sustainable development. The chair is Davide Bollati, founder and chairman, Davines (Italy), and the vice chair is Alla Sokolova,…

Wellness Evidence Study: Yoga Significantly Improves Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms

A new study from Boston University indicated that yoga, combined with breathing exercises, really improves symptoms of major depressive disorder. It was the first study to try to identify the optimal “dose”/duration of yoga practice. Participants were split into two groups: one did three 90-minute Iyengar yoga classes and four 30-minute breathwork sessions per week, while the other did two 90-minute Iyengar yoga classes and three 30-minute breathwork sessions…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

Hibernation works for bears. Could it work for us, too? – The New York Times, November 15, 2019 A grizzly bear’s body can slow down for months without damage. Researchers wonder if the ability can be harnessed to aid human health. Sweet spot: Norwegians cut sugar intake to lowest level in 44 years – The Guardian, November 20, 2019 Norway has had a sugar tax…