TREND: Travelers Will Hunger for the Wildest, Most Remote Nature in 2021–Here’s Why

THE YEAR OF THE TRAVEL RESET By Elaine Glusac The healing power of nature, partially renewed by the mandate to maintain social distance, got a boost during the pandemic, as travelers flocked to the outdoors, from backyards to backwoods, throwing firewood on the blaze already ignited by forest-bathing and the movement by some medical doctors to prescribe time in the woods to patients seeking stress…

TREND: Making Access to Green Nature Less White

ADDING COLOR TO WELLNESS By Tonia Callender Your wellness is not my wellness Like many Black women, I mostly see wellness as a luxury that others pursue. I have the time, resources and interest to pursue wellness activities, but misconceptions and entrenched racial bias hinder my options. To me, wellness spaces, spas, studios and resorts seem designed for white people. When I do visit these…

Trend: MONEY OUT LOUD–Financial Wellness Is Surging

MONEY OUT LOUD Financial Wellness Is Finding Its Voice By: Cecelia Girr & Skyler Hubler of Backslash, TBWA Worldwide Money has topped the “do-not-discuss” list for decades—right alongside religion, sex and politics. Bringing up the “m” word on a first date has long been considered a surefire way to guarantee you won’t get a second one. And just a few years ago, publicly sharing your…

TREND: Breath Stars

Just Breathe! Breath goes from woo-woo wellness to a powerful health tool By Sandra Ballentine Introduction Breathwork used to sit squarely on the woo-woo side of the wellness spectrum, but in recent years, clinical studies conducted at schools like Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins have put modern science and real data behind something we’ve actually known for centuries—the way we breathe has profound effects on…

TREND: Regenerative Travel Will Move from Lofty Ideal to More Action

The Year of the Travel Reset From manic getaways to slower, more mindful travel By Elaine Glusac Introduction The coronavirus pandemic acted as a near complete brake on travel in 2020. While some people eventually learned how to continue to take vacations safely while living with the pathogen, most stayed home. In the lull, travel operators fought—and are continuing to fight—for their livelihoods. But the…

A Healthy Microbiome; It’s 70% of our immune system

Crucial to Immune Health: A Healthy Microbiome; It’s 70% of our immune system The microbiome is inextricably linked to our immunity, with a growing body of research agreeing that 70% of the entire human immune system is found in the “gut”– as well as 80% of plasma cells responsible for antibody production. A new study reveals that the gut microorganisms of COVID-19 patients were very different…

Trend: Circadian Diets Rise, as New Evidence Shows Association with Weight Loss

TREND: FOCUS SHIFTS FROM SLEEP TO TRUE CIRCADIAN HEALTH THE CIRCADIAN DIET “Light” eating For decades, diets have been all about what we eat (we’ve scurried from the Mediterranean to the keto diet, etc.)—but the science is mounting fast that when we eat has profound metabolic and weight loss consequences. This new evidence is reflected in the rise of intermittent fasting (Google’s most-searched diet of…

Psilocybin Research, Investment and Legalization Is Heating Up

TREND: MUSHROOMS EMERGE FROM UNDERGROUND From more magic mushroom research, microdosing and retreats—to a profusion of superpower mushrooms infused in foods, drinks and beauty products The 2017 Global Wellness Summit kicked off with a serious dose of…mushrooms. Award-winning filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg’s opening talk sneak-previewed his extraordinary new film on the unappreciated power of mushrooms: from their crucial role in Earth’s ecosystem to the mounting medical…

TREND: COVID-19 Will Accelerate the “Dying Well” Trend

TREND: DYING WELL COVID-19 Will Accelerate the “Dying Well” Trend Forecasting the Future Members of the Global Wellness Institute’s Dying Well Initiative, Dr. Candi Cann, associate professor at Baylor University, and Liz Eddy, CEO of Lantern, recently weighed in on how the pandemic will change our culture around death. They discuss what most needs fixing and what’s ahead, from end-of-life planning moving beyond the will…

TREND: “Generative” Wellness Music

TREND: WELLNESS MUSIC WellMusicTech: A new era of personalized music as precision medicine New technologies and apps are radically reimagining how music can become a deeply personalized precision medicine. A pioneer, geared toward the healthcare space, had been Project Sync, which worked with top neuroscientists and musicians to develop personalized musical therapeutics for everything from pain management (given the deadly opioid crisis) to improving sleep. A…