The US Suicide Epidemic: Social Connections May Be the Missing Link

The recent suicides of two celebrities—the fashion designer Kate Spade and the chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain—have drawn attention to new federal data showing a rise in the number of suicides across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates rose by 25 percent between 1999 and 2016. In 2016, 45,000 Americans aged 10 or older…

Night-Shift Work Is on the Rise Globally – and It’s a New Wellness Problem

In past Briefs, we’ve discussed the critical importance of sleep for wellbeing (and conversely of the way in which sleep deprivation negatively impacts mental and physical health). In our real-time economy, where consumer businesses strive to meet the 24-hour demand for their services and manufacturers, the number of people working night shifts is increasing and, with this, so is the number of aggregate sleepless nights.…

New Wellness Real Estate & Communities See Traction in the Media

The GWI’s 2017 research report, Build Well to Live Well, put wellness lifestyle real estate and communities on the map, showing it’s grown into a $134 billion global industry. And it’s increasingly gaining traction in the media: Just this week, both CBS News and the Wall Street Journal took a look at the new wave of diverse real estate developments all aimed at helping residents…

Global Wellness Institute Launches New Initiative: “The First 1,000 Days”

The GWI just announced an Initiative focusing on the lifelong impact of the health of both the mother and father before conception as well as during pregnancy and the first years of a child’s life. It will educate the public and medical and wellness industry professionals on the importance of this time period in preventing chronic diseases through perinatal and early childhood wellness interventions. Patricia…

Study: Foods that Mix Fat & Carbs Trick the Brain & Make Us Overeat

A new study from Yale University showed that foods that combine fats and carbs make the brain go haywire, triggering our brain’s rewards center in ways far beyond what people get from foods that contain either ingredient alone. The researchers noted that modern fat + carb foods, such as cheeseburgers, pizza and donuts, befuddle the brain, which evolved when people foraged for food and rarely…

Must-Reads from the Wellness World

Read This Story and Get Happier (What you learn in Yale’s popular course on happiness) – The Cut, May 28, 2018 In the face of an epidemic of unhappiness, Professor Santos decided to design a course in “positive psychology” that has become the most popular course at Yale. Some interesting insights: Many of our priorities around happiness are completely erroneous; our minds are very good…