10 Wellness Trends for 2020

Yesterday, at a press event at Hearst Tower in NYC, two major pieces of research were released. GWI’s partner, the Global Wellness Summit, released its 10 Wellness Trends for 2020. This is the only wellness trends forecast generated from the insights of 550 industry leaders from 50 nations—so it’s a uniquely informed and global look at what’s ahead in health and wellness. The top 2020…

Wellness Evidence Study: Napping as Medicine

People Who Nap 1-2 Times a Week 48 Percent Less Likely to Have Heart Attack A new observational study from the University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland, found that people who nap once or twice a week (for between five minutes and an hour) were 48 percent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke or heart failure than non-nappers. ACCESS THIS STUDY

What Will a #MeOnly Society Mean for Human Wellbeing?

Here is a developing trend worth pondering (with significant investment implications): the slow death of the family and the emergence of a #MeOnly society. Consumption, travel, housing, etc. are increasingly centered on the individual. Do you doubt it? This is backed by data (the number of young and middle-aged people living alone is soaring) and surprising new trends, such as “solomoons” replacing honeymoons (you celebrate…

The World Is Better Than It’s Ever Been, So Why Are We So Miserable?

During the year, the debate has been raging between those who see the world’s glass as half full versus those who see it as half empty. The optimists, trying to promote a fact-based worldview, are right: Almost all the indicators confirm that the world is “better” than it’s ever been and certainly not nearly as dangerous as we think/feel. If the world is getting so…

Millennials Reshaping Consumption: The Winners – Small Wellness Companies, Not Big Brands

Monthly Barometer Paul Polman (Unilever’s CEO) recently confessed: “Our biggest threat is that we lose connection with millennials.” Emmanuel Faber (Danone’s CEO) echoes Polman’s concerns: “Millennials want committed brands with authentic products. Natural, simpler, and if possible small, as small as you can.” Millennials, who are now coming of age and approaching their peak earning years, are going to reshape consumption into a much more…