Trend Watch: Speed at Which Big Tech Is Entering the Beauty Space

By Thierry Malleret, economist The Big Tech companies, such as Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook, are now using data and augmented reality to enter the retail beauty market, aiming to disrupt the bricks-and-mortar stores that currently dominate this massive industry. What’s happening? Amazon already owns 20 percent of the online retail beauty market but is aiming to expand further with the recent launch of a line…

Eco-Anxiety: The Rising Psychological Toll of Climate Change

MONTHLY BAROMETER The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the current state of climate makes for grim reading. Its overarching conclusion is that every fraction of a degree of warming matters; and that if we want to limit global warming to 1.5˚ C (2.7˚ F) in the hope of averting catastrophe, we have as little as 12 years to act, which requires…

Study: Sleep, Exercise and Limits on Screen Time Boost Kids’ Brainpower

A new study from Canada’s Healthy Active Living & Obesity Research Group found that 9–11 hours of sleep a night, one hour of exercise, and a limit of fewer than two hours a day of recreational time in front of screens were associated with significantly higher mental test scores for children (from memory to language skills to the ability to plan). READ THE STUDY

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

  Why Is CBD Everywhere? – The New York Times, October 27, 2018 Cannabidiol (or CBD) is being touted as a magical elixir, now popping up in everything from bath bombs to dog treats to pharmaceuticals. It’s impossible to overstate the speed at which CBD has moved from the margins to the cultural center. Is it just a fix for our anxious times? Do people…

GWI Launches Healthy Aging Initiative

The Global Wellness Institute has just launched a Healthy Aging Initiative with the mission of inspiring significant improvements in the way people around the world age—and delivering change to people’s quality of life and death by practical means. The co-chairs are Amy McDonald, owner of the consultancy Under a Tree, and Liz Terry, CEO of Leisure Media & Well Media. Read more about this important…

New White Paper on Evidence-Based Pathways to Mental Wellness

Roughly a billion people worldwide suffer from anxiety, and one in four experience mental disorders. The world desperately needs more and new evidence-based pathways to mental wellbeing. And that is the focus of an in-depth new white paper just released by the GWI’s Mental Wellness Initiative. Download this important new resource here.