The study of mindfulness is of great importance when considering its relationship to numerous well-being outcomes. This study investigated the differences in eastern and western mindfulness techniques in relation to positive and negative affect and psychological well-being. Augsburg University students were recruited from the psychology department participant pool and completed a mindfulness task (either Christian, Buddhist, or Christian & Buddhist), the RPW and PANAS scales, and a participant information survey. Contrary to previous studies, the results did not indicate a significant main effect for positive affect or psychological well-being. However, a significant main effect for negative affect was found, suggesting that there is a significant difference in the effectiveness of eastern and western mindfulness techniques on negative moods. Given that the results of the present study are inconsistent with past research, further investigation implementing a base-line and follow-up procedure is needed to better measure the effectiveness of eastern and western mindfulness techniques in relation to positive and negative affect and psychological well-being.
"The Impact of Eastern and Western Mindfulness on Well-Being,"
Augsburg Honors Review: Vol. 12
, Article 8.
Available at: https://idun.augsburg.edu/honors_review/vol12/iss1/8