Within the past few decades, there has been a surge of interest in the investigation of mindfulness as a psychological construct and as a form of clinical intervention. This article reviews the empirical literature on the effects of mindfulness on psychological health. We begin with a discussion of the construct of mindfulness, differences between Buddhist and Western psychological conceptualizations of mindfulness, and how mindfulness has been integrated into Western medicine and psychology, before reviewing three areas of empirical research: cross-sectional, correlational research on the associations between mindfulness and various indicators of psychological health; intervention research on the effects of mindfulness-oriented interventions on psychological health; and laboratory-based, experimental research on the immediate effects of mindfulness inductions on emotional and behavioral functioning. We conclude that mindfulness brings about various positive psychological effects, including increased subjective well-being, reduced psychological symptoms and emotional reactivity, and improved behavioral regulation. The review ends with a discussion on mechanisms of change of mindfulness interventions and suggested directions for future research.
Welcome to our unique retreat in the Perigord – Limousin National Park, France.
We think our 8 acre garden with lake is a lovely haven for guests wanting peace and tranquility. It’s a good place to find solace, maybe sitting under a tree watching the butterflies and other wildlife that are positively encouraged to live here. If you are up early enough you maybe lucky to see deer feeding in the nearby woodlands.
There is always something to look at!
Approached via a sweeping drive and situated in a wonderful private position on the top of a hill, offering stunning views over the surrounding fields and forests of the Perigord – Limousin National Park, our retreat comes with its own swimming pool and private lake for your own personal use.