8 Wellbeing Leadership Strategies for Responding to COVID-19

Out of the 7.8 billion people living on our planet, at least 3.5 billion are employed. In the coronavirus crisis, employers have an extraordinary impact not only on the people that work for them but their families and friends. Because employers’ responses to COVID-19, large and small, have such a ripple effect, Renee Moorefield, chair of the GWI’s Wellness at Work Initiative and CEO, Wisdom Works Group, has…

Online Wellness Surges – We’re Working Out, Meditating & Studying Happiness Online

As the world goes into home lockdown, and as coronavirus closes gyms and fitness, meditation and yoga studios, the wellness world has responded fast, with a proliferating array of new (and often free) virtual classes. The examples are countless, and new announcements are made daily. For instance, At Home with Six Senses just launched, helping people that can’t hit a wellness resort to stay well—with…

New World Happiness Report: Finland Remains #1; Superpowers Not So Happy

The 2020 World Happiness Report was just released, ranking the happiness levels of 153 countries. It may not seem like a banner moment to release the report, given the mass global misery from coronavirus, but it’s actually an especially important moment to analyze why the happiest nations are happy (and the Nordic nations, as usual, grabbed 4 out of 5 of the top spots) and…

“Amidst Politics and Pandemic, How I Remain an Optimist” – John Wood

In the midst of the global coronavirus outbreak, fear about the unknown—and the suffering a global health crisis is causing and could cause—surrounds us. John Wood, founder of Room to Read, an organization that has brought the gift of education to 16.6 million children in 16 countries, and a keynote speaker at the 2019 Global Wellness Summit in Singapore, explains why remaining an optimist can…

Wellness Evidence Study: Optimists Have Much Lower Risk of Disease and Mortality Rates

A major 2019 analysis of 15 studies (229,391 participants) found that people ranking high in optimism were much less likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event and had a lower mortality rate from any cause than did pessimistic participants. Across all data, there was a strong relationship between optimism and a lower risk of disease, with optimists having a 35 percent lower…