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J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Apr;21(4):243-5. doi: 10.1089/acm.2014.0119. Epub 2015 Mar 31.

The effects of two novel gratitude and mindfulness interventions on well-being.

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School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork , Cork, Ireland .

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the efficacy of two dual-component interventions, one based on mindfulness and one based on gratitude, to reduce depression and stress and increase happiness levels.

DESIGN:

Randomized, controlled study with data collected at baseline, 3 weeks, and 5 weeks.

SETTINGS:

Participants completed an online gratitude or mindfulness intervention at home. Self-report questionnaires were completed at home or at work.

PARTICIPANTS:

Sixty-five women aged 18-46 years (mean age┬▒standard deviation, 28.35┬▒6.65 years).

INTERVENTIONS:

Participants were randomly assigned to a wait-list control condition or to either a gratitude or a mindfulness intervention condition. The interventions were used four times a week for 3 weeks. The gratitude intervention involved a gratitude diary and grateful reflection. The mindfulness intervention involved a mindfulness diary and mindfulness meditation, the Body Scan.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

The outcome variables were depression, stress, and happiness measured by using the Edinburgh Depression Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, and the Subjective Happiness Scale, respectively.

RESULTS:

All outcome variables improved over time in both interventions group but not in the wait-list control group. Efficacy of the interventions differed between the interventions.

CONCLUSIONS:

These short novel interventions seem to provide a useful way to enhance well-being. Further research in the area is warranted.

PMID:
25826108
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2014.0119
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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