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PresenceHow Mindfulness and Meditation Shape Your Brain, Mind, and Life$
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Paul Verhaeghen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199395606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395606.001.0001

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Mindfulness Practice and Well-Being

Mindfulness Practice and Well-Being

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Paul Verhaeghen

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the effects of mindfulness and meditation on different aspects of psychological well-being. It starts with a methodological note, focused on different types of control groups (passive and specific or nonspecific active control groups) and what they can tell us about the effects of meditation and then delves into effects on self-perceived stress, stress physiology, immune functioning, sleep quality, general quality of life, emotional well-being (anxiety, depressed mood, emotion regulation, and rumination), personality (negative traits, emotional stability, and trait mindfulness), interpersonal well-being (social and relational skills, empathy, and compassion). It also reviews the literature on adherence and on the psychological mechanism of trait mindfulness to explain these positive changes in well-being. The chapter ends with a brief review of mindfulness in special populations (schools, prisons, and work).

Keywords:   well-being, stress, empathy, compassion, mindfulness, meditation, rumination, emotion regulation

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