The US Suicide Epidemic: Social Connections May Be the Missing Link

The recent suicides of two celebrities—the fashion designer Kate Spade and the chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain—have drawn attention to new federal data showing a rise in the number of suicides across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates rose by 25 percent between 1999 and 2016. In 2016, 45,000 Americans aged 10 or older…

Night-Shift Work Is on the Rise Globally – and It’s a New Wellness Problem

In past Briefs, we’ve discussed the critical importance of sleep for wellbeing (and conversely of the way in which sleep deprivation negatively impacts mental and physical health). In our real-time economy, where consumer businesses strive to meet the 24-hour demand for their services and manufacturers, the number of people working night shifts is increasing and, with this, so is the number of aggregate sleepless nights.…

New Report: Wellness in the Age of the Smartphone

The GWI’s Digital Wellness Initiative just released a new research paper: Wellness in the Age of the Smartphone. The authors, leaders from medicine, hospitality, economics and technology, examine the mounting research on how technology is negatively impacting sleep, obesity, mental health, relationships, safety and productivity. Smartphones may only be a decade old, but their increasingly profound impact on human life and culture, they argue, needs to be a greater research and policy focus. They suggest ways forward…

Wellness Moonshot: Richard Carmona, Former U.S. Surgeon General, on Ways People Can Improve Global Health

With the launch of the GWI’s Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease, and in light of World Health Day on April 7, Skin. Inc. magazine tapped the GWI and their medical partner, Richard Carmona, M.D., 17th Surgeon General of the United States, for concrete ways that people can challenge themselves to make a difference in world heath – from “think women” to “be social.”

Study: Hot Springs Lower Stress in Japan’s Famed Bathing Monkeys 

Japan’s snow monkeys are famed for soaking in natural hot springs. And a new study from Kyoto University shows that the monkeys’ stress hormones declined significantly when they were bathing. There appears to be evidence of not just physical – but social – value of thermal bathing for these macaques: the higher-ranking monkeys spent more time in the pools.

GWI Releases Agenda for Wellness Symposium at Arabian Travel Market

On Monday, April 23 at the Arabian Travel Market, the Global Wellness Institute will present its second annual edition of the Wellness Symposium, a lineup of a dozen-plus experts in tourism and hospitality that will explore eye-opening new wellness tourism trends – including the shift from  “experiential” to “transformative” wellness travel, and how travelers now seek life-changing journeys versus disconnected itineraries, classes and treatments. Attendees will also be able to see many wellness trends first-hand, with a fun “wellness playground.” theme.