January’s Wellness Moonshot: EMERGE

A new year reminds us to pause and re-center our lives around what really matters: physical and mental health, family and friends, and meaningful work. But in our increasingly complex, confusing world, 2020 demands something more: More of us need to emerge as “wellness leaders”—not only in our own lives but in our families and communities. Read more for tips and inspiration from The Wellness…

The Isolation of the “Peleton Wife”: Is a Backlash Against Virtual Home Fitness Ahead?

MONTHLY BAROMETER – WELLNESS EDITION MONTHLY BAROMETER With hindsight, 2019 will be regarded as a tipping point for the digital revolution. The earlier promises of freedom, convenience, civic engagement and community building have given way to grave concerns and angst about privacy loss, surveillance, distrust, dislocation, manipulation and endless outrage. From an investment perspective, this suggests that both ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) strategies…

Trend: Coaching Will Rise in 2020

The world in 2020 will be on thin ice—both in real terms (accelerating global warming, a US election deepening political tribalism, a hard Brexit, Hindu nationalism in India leading to national fracturing, etc., etc.)—but also metaphorically. This may be the reason why techniques related to positive psychology and destined to improve our feelings of wellbeing and our ability to make better decisions are gaining so…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

Finland is considering a four-day week. Is this the secret of happiness? – The Guardian, January 6, 2020 The new 34-year-old Finnish prime minister has floated the proposal of reduced working hours to boost productivity and cut carbon emissions. This article presents the evidence behind the idea. In a nutshell: It works! Different recent studies conducted around the world show that working less enhances productivity…

GWI Launches “Beyond GDP, World Happiness & Wellbeing” Initiative

The GWI just launched a new initiative that will focus on new metrics and ideas that go beyond GDP, to help businesses and governments shift toward a regenerative economy, an investment in planetary health, and to embrace the new science behind achieving world happiness, wellbeing and sustainable development. The chair is Davide Bollati, founder and chairman, Davines (Italy), and the vice chair is Alla Sokolova,…

Wellness Evidence Study: Yoga Significantly Improves Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms

A new study from Boston University indicated that yoga, combined with breathing exercises, really improves symptoms of major depressive disorder. It was the first study to try to identify the optimal “dose”/duration of yoga practice. Participants were split into two groups: one did three 90-minute Iyengar yoga classes and four 30-minute breathwork sessions per week, while the other did two 90-minute Iyengar yoga classes and three 30-minute breathwork sessions…