Wellness Invades the Car: From Aromatherapy to Spa-Like Warning Chimes

A new article at Quartz looks at how a growing number of carmakers are rushing to put health and wellness-enhancing features into their vehicles, transforming them into Zen-like cocoons. Think sensors that monitor and react to a driver’s physical health and emotional state, triggering bursts of aromatherapy, mood lighting and music; radically noise-canceling cabins; seats that track your heart rate to improve your blood circulation;…

New UN Report: Agriculture & Deforestation Is Dramatically Worsening Climate Change

A new UN report (from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has some scary findings. It focuses exclusively on the world’s land use and how modern agriculture and deforestation is radically boosting climate change. One finding: Human land use is responsible for 23 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions—half from carbon dioxide emitted through deforestation and half from agriculture. Their warning: We simply can’t…

Japan Can Be Wellness Market Leader in These 5 Areas

In anticipation of the Global Wellness Summit heading to Asia this October 15–17, its researchers have just released a report on five wellness markets where Japan could be the future leader. They include Japan’s powerful assets to drive an inbound wellness tourism boom to J-Beauty being back in the limelight to the country being in a pole position to help innovate the smart, healthy cities…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

Let them eat junk – Foreign Affairs, July 31, 2019 Since the late 1990s, junk food sales have precipitously declined in the US and Europe, but they’ve burgeoned in emerging markets where soda and snack food companies have now turned their attention, doing everything they can to keep their new markets pliable. In particular, they are building political and social alliances that can help them deflect…

Wellness Evidence Study: Paying People to Stop Smoking Proves Very Effective

A large, new meta-analysis of 33 studies (21,000 people) from the very stringent Cochrane Reviews found that paying people to stop smoking is very effective. Not only were people receiving financial rewards for kicking the habit more likely to quit, they were also more likely to remain smoke-free. The amount was irrelevant: It was just as effective to pay $100 as more than $700. ACCESS…