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Rise + Thrive: Caring for Ourselves and Each Other


Hello. I hope this email finds you well.

This simple salutation has taken on new significance in the past few years. As we reach across the internet divide, there’s no way to really know how a genuine message of goodwill might be received by someone who is struggling with health issues, personal stress or feelings of loneliness.

Physical and emotional wellbeing is more relevant than ever and continues to dominate our collective conscience. Coming out of Covid, people are thinking of good health as not just the absence of illness but a complete mindset and lifestyle. We are venturing back into the public realm in search of a more balanced lifestyle, with renewed self-awareness and a stronger sense of compassion for each other and for communities who are most vulnerable.

At the same time, our society is suffering unprecedented rates of loneliness, anxiety and depression. According to a national survey recently conducted by Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project, 36% of approximately 950 respondents reported feeling lonely “frequently” or “almost all the time or all the time.” A startling 61% of young people aged 18-25 and 51% of mothers with young children reported these significant degrees of loneliness.

Thirty minutes or more of exercise a day for three to five days a week may significantly improve depression or anxiety symptoms. The mental health benefits of exercise and physical activity may last only if you stick with it over the long term, another good reason to focus on finding activities that you enjoy.

Mayo Clinic

Doing less to feel better.

Most Americans agree mental and physical health are equally important but spend more time on physical health, according to Verywell Mind’s Mental Health Tracker. “There’s no scale to step on that says, ‘Congrats! You feel better now.’ Wanting to be less stressed or more excited to take on the day are far fewer tangible goals that are comprised of similarly intangible steps along the way.”

People feel more introspective, and focused on personal change, wellbeing and purpose…Rather than working harder to get ahead, people are more likely to feel they’re making time to enjoy the present.

Deloitte Consumer Industry Center

Wellness is a highly personal journey with no singular definition, and quality training or professional guidance is not accessible to everyone. We want to feel better and live more in the moment but knowing where or how to start can be daunting. The good news is research shows that even small, manageable amounts of physical activity have measurable psychological and emotional benefits. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, biking to work, or even gardening are great recommendations, plus we love the idea behind “awe walking.”

The first wealth is health.

EDENS creates retail ecosystems that sustain and enrich communities. We envision our places as environments where people are naturally inspired to gather. Through inclusive design, thoughtful curation and authentic engagement, we expertly balance everyday wants and needs with a growing desire for physical and emotional wellbeing—a consumer demand that is now the single-most dominant trend driving purchasing decisions and a $4.5 trillion industry that is projected to grow 6.5% per annum for the next several years.

Don’t Forget to Play Today


Now, more than ever, as people rebuild social trust, consumers are looking for welcoming spaces that encourage discovery and play.

Rise + Thrive is a community engagement program initiated by EDENS in partnership with our retailers that provides low entry points for exploring ways to feel better at a pace that is accessible to most people. With a new season comes fresh opportunities for rejuvenation, renewal, and for unforgettable experiences—an open invitation to breathe in, breathe out and reconnect with each other. These offerings and activations are a chance to discover new ways to wake up on the right side of the bed and begin each day with less stress and more joy.

For more information on how to Rise + Thrive in your community, please bookmark our places pages for highlights and calendar updates and remember to follow your favorite retailers’ social media accounts for additional announcements.

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