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JournalofHappinessStudies
August2014
Date:17Aug2014

AssociationsBetweenMindfulness,PsychologicalWellBeing,and
SubjectiveWellBeingwithRespecttoContemplativePractice
Abstract
Therelationshipbetweenmindfulnessandwellbeinghasreceivedconsiderableempiricalandtheoretical
attentioninthescientificliteraturerecently,withresearchershypothesizinganumberofwaysinwhichthetwo
interact.However,acloserexaminationoftheliteratureindicatesthatthetwoprimaryconceptualizationsof
wellbeing,psychologicalwellbeing(PWB)andsubjectivewellbeing(SWB),aretheoreticallydistinct,yet
regularlyconflatedandrarelyexaminedintandem.Assuch,thepurposeofthisstudywastoexplorethe
associationsbetweendispositionalmindfulness,SWB,andPWB,withrespecttocontemplativepractice,using
canonicalcorrelationanalysistoexaminedataderivedfromanonlinesampleof361respondents(106
contemplativepractitionersand245nonpractitioners).Resultsindicatethatcontemplativepractitionerstypically
reportsignificantlyhigherlevelsofmindfulness,aswellaspsychologicalandSWB.Furthermore,dispositional
mindfulnessisassociatedwithbothPWBandSWB,butmorecloselyassociatedwithPWB,irrespectiveof
contemplativepracticeexperience.Finally,mindfulnessandwellbeingappeartobesimilarlyrelatedregardless
ofcontemplativepractice,althoughourfindingssuggestthatcontemplativepractitionersandnonpractitioners
mayconceptualizeSWBdifferently.ContemplativepractitionersappeartogroupPWBandSWBtogetherina
unifiedwellbeingconstruct,whilenonpractitionersappeartoconceptualizeSWBasdistinctfromPWB.
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Title
AssociationsBetweenMindfulness,PsychologicalWellBeing,andSubjectiveWellBeingwith
RespecttoContemplativePractice
Journal
JournalofHappinessStudies
DOI
10.1007/s1090201495695
PrintISSN
13894978

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15737780
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QualityofLifeResearch
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Authors
AdamHanley(1)
AliaWarner(1)
EricL.Garland(2)
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1.EducationalPsychologyandLearningSystems,FloridaStateUniversity,3210Stone
Building,POBox3064453,Tallahassee,FL,323064453,USA

2.HuntsmanCancerInstitute,UniversityofUtah,SaltLakeCity,UT,USA

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