Lululemon has released its first Global Wellbeing Report, a survey that benchmarks the state of wellbeing worldwide with an inaugural Global Wellbeing Index. Lululemon commissioned an online survey managed by Edelman Data & Intelligence. The survey was conducted between Nov. 13 and Dec. 1, 2020 in ten countries, including Canada, the U.S., Australia, the U.K., France, Germany, Singapore, South Korea, China and Japan. It involved 10,000 respondents in total, aged 18+, with 1,000 respondents per country.

The survey found that on a spectrum of weak to strong wellbeing, the Global Wellbeing Index currently sits at 65, which indicates a moderate level of feeling well. The index is based on how people around the world rate the way they feel across the physical, mental, and social dimensions of wellbeing, which combinedly make up the core of being well. Despite a moderate Index average, less than a third (29%) of global respondents indicated strong wellbeing across all three dimensions. Furthermore, only 15 percent said they consider themselves in good physical health, and only 17 percent feel they are able to manage stress effectively.

Generation Z, the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials, has the lowest level of wellbeing among the various generations. Based on the survey, more members of Gen Z (92%) than any other generation report facing barriers that impact their wellbeing, including stress and a lack of time, money, knowledge and resources. One in four Gen Zs are deeply affected by issues like Covid-19 and racial injustice, creating a barrier to mental wellbeing.

The study also indicates that employers should do more to support wellbeing. Among respondents, only 15 percent of those employed said they strongly agreed that their employers offer resources that support their overall wellbeing. A close connection emerged between a positive work environment and optimism for the future.

On a happier note, the study shows that a holistic approach and proactive mindset catalyze stronger wellbeing and optimism. People who are coping very well during the unprecedented times of the pandemic are focused on simple activities to support their wellbeing. These actions include: getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, connecting with people they care about, being physically active and spending time outdoors.

China showed the highest level of globally, with an index of 79. France took the second spot at 67, followed by Singapore at 66, the U.S., Canada and Australia at 65, Germany at 63, the U.K. and South Korea at 62, and last in the ten-country lot, Japan with a total wellbeing index of 60.