January’s Wellness Moonshot: BELIEVE

The focus of The Wellness Moonshot for January is BELIEVE. To believe in something focuses your attention, energy and willpower. As a wellness leader, believing in fundamentally new wellness possibilities for yourself, your organization, your community and the world means you understand that, even with setbacks on the path toward your aspirations (like much of 2020), you have the resilience and adaptability to learn and…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

In Pandemic, People Are Turning to Nature, Especially Women – Neurosciencenews.com, December 16, 2020 People report spending more time relaxing and enjoying nature as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Women, especially, report spending more time outdoors during the pandemic. A Top Neurosurgeon Reveals His Simple Tips for Protecting Your Brain as You Age – Prevention, January 5, 2021 Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains what we…

December’s Wellness Moonshot: Express More Thanks

The Wellness Moonshot for December is to express more thanks. Science teaches us that living and leading with gratitude improves our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Gratitude is part of the daily practice of virtually every world faith, according to psychology professor Robert Emmons. A heartfelt thank-you reminds us that we’re part of a human community, brings the spiritual into our lives, helps us forge more…

Wellness Evidence Study: Weight Training Reduces Anxiety

A new study from the University of Limerick-Ireland found that a basic, twice-weekly program of lunges, lifts, squats and crunches (sometimes using equipment like dumbbells) led to 20% better scores on tests for anxiety. The researchers noted that the effect was larger than expected, and with so much anxiety in the world, resistance training looks to be a promising stress-management tool. ACCESS STUDY

Meditation Up 2,900% Globally during Pandemic, According to Fitbit Data

Fitbit recently aggregated its user activity data (March–September 2020) to see how people worldwide are adapting their fitness and wellness practices during the pandemic while gyms have been shuttered and people are forced to stay at home. The data shows that people are desperate for stress relief. Meditation saw a massive 2,900% increase globally (New Zealand saw the largest spike in meditation at 9,017%, followed…

Laws of Economic Scarcity: The Pandemic Crushes Wellbeing, So Wellness’s Value Surges

The least we can say is that the current situation (after 8+ months of the pandemic) and the difficulties coming ahead are not conducive to greater wellbeing and happier societies. Indeed, there is so much going on that makes us collectively unwell and affects our sense of subjective wellbeing. In no particular order, some obvious “wellbeing-crushers”: anxiety, lockdowns, social and political polarization, deep uncertainty about…