Using mindfulness to promote positive emotion

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Wu, Pi Yu Jasper
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, c2009
This paper highlights the research literature on emotion, mindfulness, and the related brain sciences, as well as presents a client booklet based on research findings. One function of emotions is that they serve to solve problems. Negative and positive emotions are valuable in some contexts. Emotional modulation and dysfunctional regulation strategies are part of everyday life. Evidence suggests an association between positive emotion on the one hand and physical health and psychological well-being on the other. Interventions based on mindfulness training and designed to promote positive emotions have burgeoned in recent years. Mindfulness is an intentional way of orienting oneself to current experiences in the present moment with an attitude of nonjudgment and acceptance. The benefits of mindfulness are closely linked to the following mechanisms: exposure, cognitive and behavioural change, self-regulation, relaxation, and acceptance. This paper highlights three types of mindfulness—sitting meditation, walking meditation, and mindfulness in everyday life—and their application in psychotherapy. Scientific findings are presented about how brain activities associated with positive and negative emotions differ. Research on the effects of mindfulness on the brain is critiqued. Despite the abundance of studies on the effectiveness of mindfulness practice, methodological rigour needs to be the next focus for the research. Guidelines for teaching mindfulness in counselling settings are discussed. Finally, a psychoeducational booklet is provided in order that professionals can offer material to clients interested in using mindfulness to promote positive emotion.
x, 106 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy , Emotions -- Health aspects , Meditation , Meditation -- Therapeutic use