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The Global Wellness Institute initiates, analyzes, and trumpets authoritative wellness industry research. We believe that accurate and in-depth research and data on the $4.4 trillion wellness economy—and its 11 sectors—are the foundation of the Institute’s goal to empower wellness worldwide.

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2021 Global Wellness Economy: Looking Beyond COVID

The 2021 Global Wellness Institute research–the most in-depth in its history–reveals that the wellness market grew to a record $4.9 trillion in 2019 and then fell to $4.4 trillion in the pandemic year of 2020. But with a consumer “values shift” underway, the future of the wellness market is incredibly bright, predicted to grow 10% annually through 2025.


Wellness Real Estate: Looking Beyond COVID-19

GWI’s new report “Wellness Real Estate: Looking Beyond COVID-19”, included in the Insider’s Guide to Wellness Real Estate and the Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium Portfolio, reveals eye-opening new wellness real estate market size data, recent growth rates for every global region, the top 20 international markets as well as key emerging trends that will define this market post-COVID.

Defining the Mental Wellness Economy

The Global Wellness Institute’s groundbreaking report, “Defining the Mental Wellness Economy,” focuses on the business of mental wellness—and explores the programs and products that are driving the mental wellness economy in four sub-sectors of this $121 billion global market.
NEW! “Defining the Mental Wellness Economy” is also available in Chinese here.

Resetting the World with Wellness
White Paper Series

This series of GWI white papers proposes how a holistic concept of wellness could transform human life, including our workplaces, our built environment and our mental wellbeing. Each of the eight white papers included in the Compendium considers ideas that have the potential to positively change our world in unprecedented ways.

Move To Be Well:
The Global Economy of Physical Activity

First-ever research report on the six-sector global physical activity economy, including the fitness, sports & active recreation, mindful movement, equipment, apparel/footwear and technology markets. This is the most data-packed study for GWI to date: The 180-page report goes in-depth on the consumer spend within all six markets (at global, regional and national levels) and participation rates for 150 nations.

Global Wellness Economy Monitor

A comprehensive, updated analysis of the size, scope and growth trends/projections for the rapidly growing $4.2 trillion global wellness economy. 2017 data released October 2018. Comprising ten sectors, the report finds that the wellness economy is worth $3.7 trillion, representing 5% of global economic output, and is almost half the size of all global health expenditures. The research confirms the unstoppable momentum of the wellness economy as predicted previously.

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The Global Wellness Economy

The wellness economy is a colossal global industry, estimated by the Global Wellness Institute at $4.4 trillion. The wellness economy encompasses eleven varied and diverse sectors, which enable consumers to incorporate wellness activities and lifestyles into their daily lives.

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About the GWI Wellness Industry Research

The Global Wellness Institute is the first and only organization to conduct comprehensive, objective, and global research on the wellness industry. GWI strives to be the go-to resource for those seeking to understand how wellness has become a driving force in today’s global economy.Thanks to the generous support of philanthropic partners along with corporate and individual donors, GWI research is available free to the public as part of our mission to empower wellness worldwide.

GWI’s research team has been studying wellness, both as a concept and as an industry, since 2008. We first defined and measured the wellness economy in 2014, and these figures are updated and released every 2-3 years in the Global Wellness Economy Monitor. Our other reports provide in-depth analysis and data for specific wellness sectors, as well as broad and cross-cutting exploration of wellness at the nexus of consumer markets, business opportunities, and government policy-making.

Please note that all reports are the property of the Global Wellness Institute. Quotation of; citation from; and reference to any of the data, findings and research methodology from the reports must be credited to the Global Wellness Institute. To obtain permission for copying and reproduction, please contact the Global Wellness Institute by email at [email protected].

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