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Curated Content from the Global Wellness Institute | December 16, 2020

   

 Major Trend and Opportunity for the Wellness Industry: Financial Wellness and Literacy
 Google Is Testing the “No Meeting” Week to Fight Burnout – Will It Catch On?
 GWI’s Full Report on the Mental Wellness Economy Available Now
 Study: 11 Minutes of Exercise a Day Counters Effects of Sitting; 35 Minutes Is the Sweet Spot
 Must-Reads from the Wellness World


Major Trend and Opportunity for the Wellness Industry: Financial Wellness and Literacy
By Thierry Malleret, economist


There are three vaccines in sight, and it’s a game changer. But there are some tough economic years ahead, and Malleret predicts that financial wellness will move to the center of wellbeing practices and policy. Financial wellness all begins with financial literacy, and the world is in desperate need of it: In the US, for example, roughly half of the costs paid in credit card debt are caused by ignorance, and a bad credit score can ruin your life.

Important moves are being made: The Financial Times just created a new foundation, the Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign. There will be more financial wellness platforms, and more wellness brands will teach and tackle financial literacy in their programming.
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Google Is Testing the “No Meeting” Week to Fight Burnout – Will It Catch On?
By Thierry Malleret, economist


Stress and burnout at work are an ever-rising problem. How many professionals dread the endless, often quasi-pointless, meetings? And now, the eternal Zoom calls? Google is testing the “no-meeting week”—and it could be a new arrow in the quiver of the anti-burnout armory.
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GWI’s Full Report on the Mental Wellness Economy Available Now


The Global Wellness Institute just released its 115-page research report: “Defining the Mental Wellness Economy.” It’s the first study to analyze and put a market value on the mental wellness industry and its four subsegments: 1) senses, spaces and sleep; 2) brain-boosting nutraceuticals and botanicals; 3) self-improvement; and 4) meditation and mindfulness. It also provides a global picture of the market innovators and business models to watch in each segment.

Consumers demand more mental wellness solutions, and every wellness business now needs to deliver them. The report will help you plan for the future and spark creative ideas for your business. Purchasers also have access to videos of 73 expert keynotes and panels on the future of wellness across all categories (mental wellness, hospitality, spa, workplace wellness, technology, real estate, architecture, beauty, etc.) from the recent Global Wellness Summit. LEARN MORE
 
Read Leisure Media’s new feature on the scope and importance of the new mental wellness research.

 

WELLNESS EVIDENCE

Study: 11 Minutes of Exercise a Day Counters Effects of Sitting; 35 Minutes Is the Sweet Spot


An important new study from global researchers, relying on movement tracking data from tens of thousands of people worldwide, found that people that were the most sedentary were significantly more likely to die young. The good news: It doesn’t take a whole lot of movement to counteract that threat. Just 11 minutes of brisk walking or other mild exercise each day (even for the group that sat the most) led to significant reductions in early death. The sweet spot: 35 minutes of moderate activity, which led to the most longevity gains—no matter how long people sat.
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Must-Reads from the Wellness World


52 things I learned in 2020Medium, December 1, 2020
A rare pandemic silver lining: mental health start-upsNew York Times, December 7, 2020
Three categories in the health and wellness industry that venture capitalists...Forbes, Dec. 6, 2020

No-kill, lab-grown meat to go on sale for first timeThe Guardian, December 2, 2020
Global giant Unilever to trial four-day working week in NZNew Zealand Herald, December 1, 2020

A Striking Stat: 
One in two global travelers feel optimistic—that is, comfortable or even excited—about taking a trip in the next 12 months.

Source: Expedia research, December 2020

Read more about when travelers are most likely to travel in 2021 and which nations and age groups plan to travel first.


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