Must-Reads from the Wellness World

Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good – The New York Times, March 23, 2019 As more screens appear in the lives of the poor, screens are disappearing from the lives of the rich. The richer you are, the more you spend to be off-screen, and the more afraid of screens you are. They want their children to play with blocks, and tech-free private schools…

Top 6 Trends in Hydrothermal Spa & Wellness Experiences

The Hydrothermal Initiative—one of 23 GWI Initiatives—just released their “Top Six Trends in Hydrothermal Spa and Wellness Experiences.” They range from salt therapy getting “real” to coed thermal bathing heating up to a resurgence for flotation therapy and a renaissance for the centuries-old Kneipp therapy. ACCESS THE TRENDS

GWI Aggregates the Global Happiness & Wellbeing Rankings

There are an ever-growing number of research reports from global economists that go far beyond the limited metric of GDP to gauge nations’ overall happiness and wellbeing. These studies all use somewhat different measurements, so rankings can vary. And because this research is giving us a clearer, deeper picture of the true health and wellness of people in countries worldwide, the GWI has created a…

Happiness Is…Living in a Northern European Nation

The 2019 World Happiness Report was just unveiled and, once again, Northern European nations prove that they are out in front in cracking the happiness code, with eight of the top 10 happiest nations hailing from the region: 1) Finland, 2) Denmark, 3) Norway, 4) Iceland, 5) Netherlands, 6) Switzerland, 7) Sweden, and 10) Austria. New Zealand and Canada took the #8 and #9 spots.…

Purpose at Work Needs to Be Far Bigger Part of Wellness Conversation

MONTHLY BAROMETER – WELLNESS EDITION A new US survey sheds some light on how our work generally impacts our wellbeing. In the country that is the keenest about wellness (the US) and in the socioeconomic group that is the most invested in it (the affluent, upper-middle class), new data reveals that a surprisingly high percentage of individuals are miserable at work. According to a survey…

Wellness Evidence Study: Sugary Drinks Linked to Shorter Life Span

A large, new study from Harvard’s School of Public Health found that drinking sugar-heavy beverages (whether sodas or fruit drinks) was associated with early mortality. One extra 12-ounce serving of a sugary drink daily was linked to a 7 percent increased risk of death overall and a 10 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. One researcher noted: “The optimal intake of these drinks…