The effect of meditation on mindfulness and happiness

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Sabrina Rose Teeter (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Thomas Ford

Abstract: Meditation has been linked to increased levels of happiness. Meditation is broken down into two types: focused attention meditation and mindfulness meditation. The current study sought to examine the relationship between meditation and two different types of happiness: subjective well-being (SWB) and psychological well-being (PWB). Research has shown that mindfulness may be a mediator underlying this relationship; meditation may lead to increased levels of mindfulness, which may, in turn, lead to increased levels of happiness. I hypothesized that individuals exposed to mindfulness meditation will demonstrate increased levels of SWB. Also, I predicted that mindfulness would mediate the relationship between mindfulness meditation and SWB. To test this, participants were exposed to meditation and their levels of happiness and mindfulness measured. Contrary to my hypotheses, a one time meditation session had no significant effect on participants’ level of SWB or state mindfulness.

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Language: English
Date: 2016
Mindfulness (Psychology)
Mental healing
Self-help techniques

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