They call it GWD and there is an official website telling us
“One day can change your whole life.” (1)
Why the World needs Global Wellness and the main aims of the day are:
To recognise the value of our lives.
So what on earth are our values in life?
Have we ever stopped to feel what we value?
What do we see as important in our life?
What do we class as valuable in our lives?
What do we regard as worthy of our attention?
What do we think deserves our time?
What do we rate as being of true value?
Could it be possible that for someone it maybe their daily drugs?
Could it be possible that others value alcohol even though it is a poison?
Could it be possible that some of us value sports that hold a high risk?
Could it be possible that we all have different things we value?
Could it be possible that we think we value others but not our self?
Could it be possible that not everything we value is of benefit for our body?
Could it be possible that we only value things that we do, but not who we are?
Could it be possible that we value what our mind can do, whilst our body is ignored?
Could it be possible that some of the stuff we value is deeply harming us and others?
Could it be possible that what we hold as value may not actually support our wellness?
To pause and think, even if for just one day of the year.
Is it enough really to pause and think for just one day of the year?
Is our life going to have any true change with a ‘pause and think’ annual day?
Is a pause going to get our mind thinking differently if we have ingrained behaviour?
Is a stop moment for just one day going to shift life-long patterns of ill behaviour?
Is our intention enough to remain consistent for the rest of the year?
Is our mind going to give us the answers our body needs, to keep well?
Is our thinking on just one day of the year going to serve us in the long-term?
Is thinking the way forward for our body or is there another way?
To be free from the stress of everyday city life and bad habits.
What about those of us who have stress and are not in the city?
What about the bad habits that just keep coming back to haunt us?
What if being free from the stress of everyday life requires the word Responsibility?
How can we be truly free of something if we do not get to the root cause?
How can words on a list make any true change for us in the long-term?
How can we truly move on from the stress that everyday life brings?
How can we be sure that we are free of all stress from bad habits?
How can we evolve from our everyday bad habits?
What if we do not see ignoring our kids as a bad habit?
What if we do not see domestic violence as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our addiction to TV as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our sugar addiction as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our over-eating everyday as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our daily puff of smoke as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our daily tipple of alcohol as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our gambling on the side, as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our daily ‘go to’ porn relief as a bad habit?
What if we do not see our consistent late nights as a bad habit?
What if we do not see non-stop checking on social media as a bad habit?
What if we do not see caffeine, which stimulates our nervous system as a bad habit?
To make peace with ourselves.
How on earth do we make peace with ourselves?
When do all those constant ugly thoughts go?
When can we put an end to our fleeting useless thoughts?
Is making peace with ourselves the real answer or is there more?
How can we be certain that we have made peace with ourselves?
What about the constant War Inside Us that our blog talks about?
Are we truly free inside when we can feel the disturbance in our world?
To raise awareness about living well and increase motivation, not just for today, but for the remaining 364 days of the year.
2012 – Global Wellness Day 1st celebrated.
2016 – Global Wellness Day officially celebrated in over 90 countries at 3000 locations.
2017 – Global Wellness Day celebrated today in 100 countries at 4000 different locations. (1)
So what are people around the World saying YES to on Global Wellness Day?
It seems the purpose of this World Day is for all nations to give their version of Wellness.
Different countries posting in their language, telling us how this day is going to be celebrated from cruise ships to a posh palace garden.
From influential Wellness authors to Ambassadors advertising their brands at the same time as hash tagging this important day and what better way than our platform of social media to spread the words. (2)
So, what exactly is WELLNESS?
Where does this word come from?
WHY do we have different versions of WELLNESS?
WHY is WELLNESS a modern day buzz word in our world?
Who defines this word and is it the real Truth?
What exactly are we celebrating on Global Wellness Day?
What does the dictionary have to say about this word?
What are the Google searches telling us?
How many apps have we got for Wellness?
How BIG is the WELLNESS industry in the world?
Are the WELLNESS programmes designed to really get us well?
Are we missing something when it comes to our own WELLNESS?
Do we have blind spots that we cannot see in our own WELLNESS?
Do we have a comfort level, so we take WELLNESS to a point and no more?
Is WELL-BEING the same as WELLNESS?
Concise Oxford English Dictionary
Well Being – the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy (3)
Well Being – a good or satisfactory condition of existence;
a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity;
English Oxford Living Dictionaries
Wellness – the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal (5)
Global Wellness Day official website
Wellness – an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. It is more than just being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. (6)
They then add exactly what is said in dictionary dot com above.
World Health Organization
Wellness – a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (6)
National Wellness Institute
Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence. (7)
The above is spelling it out – we are not ALL united and unified with our meaning of well-being and wellness.
Is this WHY we are not clear what TRUE WELLNESS is?
Could it be possible that being comfortable in life actually stops us evolving?
Could it be possible that our version of healthy may be different to others?
Could it be possible that being Happy as our blog talks about may not be the answer?
Could it be possible that a good and satisfactory existence robs us of our potential?
Could it be possible that any form of existence is just bopping on in life, not living life?
Could it be possible that most of us have different views about the word ‘prosperity’?
Could it be possible that being successful in material terms may affect our well-being?
Could it be possible that flourishing financially is causing problems in our well-being?
What if we simply don’t want to actively pursue goals for our state of health?
What if our own definition of ‘good’ health is way off the mark to what true health is?
What if our awareness is limited because of all our bad habits and ill behaviours?
What if we want change and growth but our daily ill choices do not allow this process?
What if a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being is not possible, as we simply do not have an agreement on what ‘well-being’ actually is?
What if our choices towards a successful existence simply ticks the boxes?
What if existing is not the same as truly Living –
in other words, we don’t feel alive and connected to the ALL?
The National Wellness Institute has been around for 40 years now and the website says the Annual National Wellness Conference is the most highly acclaimed professional conference in health and wellness. (8)
If we can be totally honest – what is the real state of our global wellness after 40 years?
We have Global Wellness Day today so how well are we?
Would it be wise to start asking questions about global wellness?
Are we ready to look at our own individual wellness first?
Could the micro observations give us a clue about the macro?
Do we say we are well but we are Not well?
Do we think we are well compared to others?
Do we constantly change the meaning of what well is?
Do we live a quality that is true health in our body?
Do we put effort into our mind but not our body?
Do we find ways to fill our mind up and think that is wellness?
Do we question if our mind is actually supporting our wellness?
Do we ever feel that our mind runs the wellness of our body?
Do we ever consider that the mind runs the show on its own?
In other words, could it be possible that our mind makes choices that are not in respect to the body?
If our world is doing great and we are celebrating Global Wellness Day, would it be worth considering the following information taken from our library of blogs published thus far –
Chronic Kidney Disease affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. (9)
Kidney Disease costs more than breast, lung, colon and skin cancer combined in England.
NHS Kidney Care (9)
75% cases of Chronic Kidney Disease are Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. (10)
High Blood Pressure
90% increase from 1975 – 2015. (11)
422 million adults with Diabetes worldwide.
$825 billion – global cost of Diabetes. (12)
Diabetes just ravages most of the systems.
Dr. Jyoti Baharani – Clinical Director, Renal Medicine
Heart Of England NHS Foundation Trust (13)
$206.4 billion expected Weight Loss and Weight Management market by 2019. (14)
Tobacco epidemic one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. (15)
7 million people die from tobacco use every year. (16)
6,000,000,000,000 trillion cigarettes smoked every year. (17)
$1,000,000,000,000 – one trillion US dollars.
Tobacco industry’s annual revenues. (18)
Over 1 billion smokers in the world. (15)
Leading cause of death worldwide. (19)
8.2 million global cancer deaths in 2012. (20)
15 million people experience Heartburn everyday in USA.
The American College of Gastroenterology (21)
1 in 5 estimated suffer with Heartburn in UK.
50% increase in Heartburn over last 10 years. (22)
20,000,000 people suffer from chronic fatigue in our world. (23)
Given that our population statistics are already outdated by the time they are published in the leading medical journals, and not to mention that asthma diagnosis is either controversial or limited by diagnostic resources in many developing countries, additional 100 million people with asthma by the year 2025 is an under-estimated number … Thus the whole framework of ‘universal health care’ is threatened’ when a single disease adds another 100 million people within a decade. (24)
Dr. Sam Kim – MBBS FRACP MPH MBA
Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, Spring Hill
University of Queensland, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
The most commonly used illegal drug. (25)
Marijuana has the largest drug market globally. (26)
There is now evidence to show that those who use cannabis particularly at a younger age, such as around the age of 15, have higher than average risk of developing a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia and or bipolar disorder. (27)
The 2nd most commonly used drug. (28)
Crystal Meth comes in clear chunky crystals resembling ice and is most commonly smoked.
It is used as a “club drug”, at nightclubs and rave parties.
It is a potent and dangerous chemical and as with all drugs, a poison that first acts as a stimulant but then begins to systematically destroy the body.
It is associated with serious health conditions including: aggression, memory loss, psychotic behaviour and potential heart and brain damage.
This highly addictive drug burns up the body’s resources, creating a devastating dependence that can only be relieved by taking more of the drug. (29)
World leaders now agree that the ‘War on Drugs’ has failed. (30)
There have been 654 Wars in less than 200 years. (31)
Human Trafficking is the world’s fastest growing global crime. (32)
$150 billion illicit human trafficking industry. (33)
$150,000,000,000 billion dollars in illegal profits per year from forced labour in the private economy.
International Labour Organization (34)
Female Genital Mutilation
More than 200 million girls and women alive today that have been ‘cut’. (35)
Coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world.
$48 billion dollars – estimated retail value of U.S coffee market 2015. (36)
For alcohol to cause intoxication, it must get into the brain. (37)
There is no such thing as a safe level of alcohol consumption.
The idea that drinking small amounts of alcohol will do you no harm is a myth.
Professor David Nutt (38)
49% inmates in state prisons with mental health problems had violence as their most serious offence. (39)
4 in 10 Approved Mental Health Practitioners were experiencing depression and anxiety disorders – 2012 (40)
So here we have 40% of the people who help those with mental health suffering with their own mental health.
Note the figure is 5 years ago so what would it be today?
Is this something we need to be concerned about?
What on earth is happening when it comes to mental health?
60% increase in suicide rates in last 45 years.
Rates among young people are increasing. (41)
Second leading cause of death globally among people age 15 – 29. (42)
90% all cases of suicide associated with mental disorders (particularly depression and substance abuse). (41)
Depression is the largest cause of disability worldwide. (43)
Major depression – number one psychological disorder in western world.
Growth is mostly in teenagers. (44)
Depression and Anxiety
$1 trillion US dollars per year – Global Economy cost. (45)
12 billion working days lost each year as a result.
Equivalent to 50 million years. (46)
People have become no happier in the last 50 years, despite average incomes more than doubling. (47)
Lord Richard Layard
HELLO – is this an Oh my Lord moment? Pun intended
Can we say that earning more money does not make us happier?
Would some of us agree as we are living proof of that fact?
150 million adults suffering from sleep-related problems across developing world. (48)
$80,800,000,000 – Global sleep aids market will reach by 2020. (49)
Traditional teenage pressure to look slim has been dramatically accentuated by the growth of social media and intense pressure from online bullying.
9 out of 10 girls in some schools are doctoring their pictures to appear thinner.
Dr. Pippa Hugo – Consultant Psychiatrist, London Priory Hospital (50)
25% of the on-line safety cases in 2015 received through the Child Focus Helpline were about sexting that had ‘gone wrong’. (51)
Revenge Porn Helpline has received almost 4,000 calls in the past year with cases as young as 11 years old. (52)
Bullying on social media has been identified as one reason for the increase in young people self-harming (Daine et al, 2013). (53)
95% of imprisoned young offenders have a mental health disorder. (54)
87% of young people that self-harm do not go to an acute hospital for treatment. (55)
71% young offenders in UK released from custody reoffend within 12 months.
£100,000 – current average cost of a place in youth custody. (56)
Can we just stop and re-read what is actually going on in our world today and what are we really celebrating on our Global Wellness Day?
Can we simply join the dots and say our World is not well in anyway?
Can we start with our children and ask some serious questions?
WHY on earth are they having mental health problems?
What are we as parents doing that is not in their best interest?
How are we raising our kids, that gives rise to their ill well-being?
Are we aware that our youth are our future generations?
Are we passing on great wisdom or our ill behaviour patterns?
If our World was a business, would we consider buying shares?
Would we want to invest in a business knowing what we know about our world?
Can we be honest and ask – how well are we doing as a world business?
Is there any area where we can say truly that we are excelling as a world?
Is it true to say we have great advancements in our world today but the human body is telling us another story?
Can we agree that something is seriously not adding up?
Can we admit that the way we are choosing to live affects the global statistics?
Can we all unite and say YES – we as a world have a wellness problem?
Can we really celebrate our wellness as a world after reading the above?
Can we truly continue to celebrate after reading the figures below?
$7.28 trillion cumulative lost output in low and middle income countries associated with non-communicable diseases projected over period 2011 – 2025.
$500 billion annual loss due to major non-communicable diseases for low and middle income countries. Cardiovascular disease including hypertension accounts for nearly half of the cost. (57)
40 million deaths occurred due to non-communicable diseases in 2015.
70% of the overall total deaths. (58)
6.5 million deaths caused by indoor and outdoor pollution in 2012.
Western Pacific bore the largest burden of these deaths.
871,000 deaths from unsafe water, sanitation and lack of hygiene in 2012.
Majority of deaths were African and South-East Asia region.
468,000 estimated murders in 2015. (59)
$3,720,000,000,000 trillion Global Wellness Industry. (60)
Wellness is one of the world’s fastest growing most resilient markets – clocking double-digit growth while the global economy shrank by 3.6%.
New Global Wellness Institute Research
We predict that consumers, governments and employers will continue to spend big on wellness because of these megatrends:
An emerging global middle class
A rapidly aging world population
A chronic disease and stress epidemic
The failure of the ‘sick-care’ medical model (resulting in uncontrollable healthcare costs)
A growing subset of more affluent, educated consumers seeking experiences rooted in meaning, purpose, authenticity and nature.
Ophelia Yeung – Senior Research Fellow
Global Wellness Institute (60)
Wellness markets analysed from 2013 to 2015.
Fastest growing were –
$534.3 billion revenues – Preventative/Personalised Medicine and Public Health
$542 billion revenues – Fitness and Mind-Body
$118.6 billion revenues – Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate
$563.2 billion revenues – Wellness Tourism
$647.8 billion revenues – Healthy Eating, Nutrition and Weight Loss
Then we have some more below that some of us may be subscribing to –
$999 billion revenues – Beauty and Anti-Aging Industry
$199 billion revenues – Complementary and Alternative Medicine
$98.6 billion revenues – Spa Industry
$51 billion revenues – Thermal/Mineral Springs Facilities
$43.3 billion revenues – Workplace Wellness (60)
2013 – 2015
This industry grew more than twice as fast as overall tourism expenditures.
691 million wellness trips made by World travellers.
17.9 million jobs worldwide created by this industry.
121,595 spa locations.
2.1 million workers.
Thermal and Mineral Springs
27,507 thermal mineral springs’ properties earning revenue.
10 – 15% of global economic output is the cost of unwell workers.
As a result, employers are spending more on employee wellness each year.
$43.3 billion markets revenue concentrated in Europe and North America. (60)
322,000 working days lost in UK due to labour disputes – 2016. (61)
Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate
2013 – 2015 one of the fastest growing wellness sectors. (60)
We now have Wellness Homes and Residences that have –
Advanced air systems
Advanced water purification systems
Circadian rhythm lighting
Dawn simulator lighting
‘Floating’ cork floors
Reflexology stone pathways
Centralised aromatherapy dispensers
We have some University dorms that have –
Fitness, yoga and meditation classes
IS THIS AN OH MY GOD MOMENT?
Can we go back and re-read the billions and billions of dollars we are spending to be WELL?
Are we really that UNWELL that we need all this stuff to make us WELL?
How come our rise in illness and disease is escalating?
How come mental illness is now the latest plague on earth?
How are we living that we need a global wellness day to bring us awareness?
Have we seriously Lost the Plot here?
What is our Priority?
Where is our Intelligence taking us?
It would be true to say that there is just more and more new stuff being supplied to us and we can start with the blame game because it’s a multi trillion dollar industry.
But what if we the consumers are demanding this and so they supply?
In other words, we cannot blame the wellness industry because it is us asking for all of this and so they give it to us and keep coming up with more and more.
Do you remember or recall when ‘wellness’ meant and was, a vital and full-of-life body? – What we refer to as being ‘well’ today is simply a mere measure against what we would deem cancerous or terminal and hence ‘wellness’ today, is not the same ‘well-ness’ that we once enjoyed. Ponder on this.
Serge Benhayon, The Way of Initiation, p.166
Is there some wisdom here for us all to consider?
Have we lost the true meaning of the word vitality?
Are we at the stage where we can only dream of a body that is full of life?
Would it be honest to say that we have deviated away from our true state of being?
Can we be deeply honest and say we measure being well against being unwell?
Can we admit that we think we are well just because we are not terminally ill?
Have we heard about Pre-Operative Wellness Kits?
Few people would dream of attempting a marathon without at least some training, yet more people head into surgery without preparing themselves for the experience.
The reality is most of us are not healthy enough for surgery.
Dr. William Wooden – Director of Operative Services
IU Health and the James E. Bennett Professor of Surgery – IU School of Medicine (62)
Patients who followed Dr. Wooden’s protocol before surgery had shorter hospital stays, lower chances of returning to the hospital and half the rate of overall complications.
Delaying surgery to better prepare a patient’s body was recommended in some instances. (62)
Is this the common sense that we are choosing to forget?
We get unwell and we end up having surgery, but we do not prepare our body to go through the trauma of what it actually takes to have the procedure?
Would it be true to say that most of us go in to get fixed, get rid of the ugly stuff so we can get back to ‘business as usual’ – in other words, life how it was before we got sick?
Would it be true to say we are not interested or bothered about how we got ill in the first place?
Could it be possible that what Dr. Wooden is saying is that we each need to take RESPONSIBILITY for our body and not just expect the medics to sort us out with surgery?
How many of us think people who are slim or thin are well and healthy?
How many of us actually envy people who eat anything and never get fat?
How many of us don’t like people who never exercise but stay skinny?
Have we heard about Skinny Fat?
Being skinny does not necessarily mean you are healthy.
In fact, it is possible to be visibly thin but metabolically obese.
Edward Tiozzo PhD – Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (63)
Two types of fat are responsible for the distinction between being healthy and being skinny fat.
1. Subcutaneous – this lies beneath the skin and is what makes people appear larger or smaller, depending on how much of this type of fat they have.
2. Visceral – this fat is found inside the abdominal cavity and surrounds the organs on the inside of our body. This type of fat can be much more dangerous to our health than subcutaneous fat.
It is also possible for someone with a healthy amount of subcutaneous fat to have too much visceral fat, which can raise the risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancer and dementia.
Our society tends to focus on people who are overweight and obese.
However, those who are thin also have cause to worry. Seemingly healthy people may actually lack muscle and have high cholesterol or blood pressure or be pre-diabetic.
Angel Planells – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Seattle (63)
How many of us know about this?
How many of us think being skinny is the answer?
How many of us on a diet would really benefit if we knew this?
How many people with eating disorders do not know about this?
WHY are these simple facts not all over our social media platforms?
WHY is stuff like this not in our newspapers and glossy magazines?
WHY are we not educated about basic stuff like this at school?
Would it be true to say that some skinny people are not really Getting Away with It?
In other words, their body is copping it even if the mirror is telling them otherwise?
Simple Living Global is not celebrating the state of the world today – we are simply presenting what we know is the truth and asking humanity to stop and consider what on earth is going on.
We are choosing to take RESPONSIBILITY in all areas of life.
We are doing our best to not add to the ill and harm that is currently going on in our world – without perfection.
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