Curated Content from the Global Wellness Institute | January 13, 2021
2021 Global Wellness Press Event: Research + Trends
Natural Capital Will Become Prominent Investment Theme
Happier People More Likely to Observe COVID Lockdown Rules
Exercise as Effective as Mindfulness at Reducing Stress
January’s Wellness Moonshot: BELIEVE
Must-Reads from the Wellness World
Join the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) and the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) for their highly anticipated 2021 Global Wellness Press Event: Research + Trends on January 26, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.
This event is a key date on the wellness calendar—and, for the first time ever, will be available virtually and open to all GWS and GWI supporters. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what GWS forecasters see as the top wellness trends for 2021, with all attendees receiving the in-depth “Global Wellness Trends Report: The Future of Wellness 2021.”
In addition, GWI researchers will present new insights into the booming mental wellness economy, including a deep dive into the four sub-sectors—senses, space and sleep ($49.5 billion); brain-boosting nutraceuticals and botanicals ($34.8 billion); self-improvement ($33.6 billion); and meditation and mindfulness ($2.9 billion)—that make up the $121 billion mental wellness economy.
The event will also feature an update on the GWI’s The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease and a “Wellness Road Map for 2021,” which aggregates critical insights from the brainstorming sessions with global industry leaders on the future of wellness (that took place during the 2020 GWS).
COVID has made us aware of the importance of nature, highlighting how critical it is for our mental and physical health. Thus, the wellbeing of our planet and our own selves is seen as two sides of the same coin—investing in the former yields benefits for the latter. And it can generate more jobs and growth. One example that proves the point: managing our forests sustainably could generate 30 million jobs and create $2.3 trillion worth of potential business by 2030. No surprise that nature-based investment funds and other opportunities are proliferating!
Are happier people more compliant with COVID rules? A recent academic paper rounded up three large-scale surveys to answer the question of whether happier people are more willing to take heed of government messages.
Exercise is just as effective as mindfulness at reducing people’s stress and anxiety, a Cambridge study found. The scientists reviewed 136 randomized control trials with 11,000 adult participants from 29 countries. In most cases, mindfulness did positively impact anxiety, stress and depression, but there was no evidence it works better than exercise.
The focus of The Wellness Moonshot for January is BELIEVE. To believe in something focuses your attention, energy and willpower. As a wellness leader, believing in fundamentally new wellness possibilities for yourself, your organization, your community and the world means you understand that, even with setbacks on the path toward your aspirations (like much of 2020), you have the resilience and adaptability to learn and grow along the way.
Here are some strategies/tips to BELIEVE.
The Wellness Moonshot Calendar: A Year of Inspiration
In Pandemic, People Are Turning to Nature, Especially... – Neurosciencenews.com, Dec. 16, 2020
A Top Neurosurgeon Reveals His Simple Tips for Protecting Your... – Prevention, Jan. 5, 2021
The 48 Mountains That Held My Grief– New York Times, December 28, 2020
For an Exercise ‘Snack,’ Try the New Standing 7-Minute Workout– New York Times, January 4, 2021
A Striking Stat
Want to keep your New Year’s resolution? Then don’t force it too much. A recent study showed that inactive people start moving more if they receive daily step targets that exceed their usual number of steps—but only up to a point. Making incremental changes is more manageable: Consider walking just 500 more (or 10% more) steps per day.