Mental wellness is a booming market and a term now used everywhere. But the concept has remained vague, and it gets used synonymously with “mental health.” The GWI, in its most recent report on the $121 billion mental wellness economy, clears things up with precise, new definitions.
The report also identifies five key things everyone should know about mental wellness:
1) It’s far more than the absence of mental illness.
2) It’s an active process of moving from languishing, to resilience, to flourishing.
3) It shifts the perspective away from the stigma.
4) It grows out of a grassroots consumer movement.
5) It’s multidimensional, holistic and personal.
An interesting new study from Brown University dispels any myth that positive outcomes from mindfulness-based meditation come exclusively from the practice because the more active ingredient seems to be the social factor of the instructor and the group. It’s one of the first studies to look at the role of relationships in meditation programs, and the person-to-person factors led to a more positive impact on depression and anxiety than the amount or type of meditation practiced. The researchers noted that it leads to questions about meditation programs offered via apps.