The positive effects of mindfulness on self-esteem

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The positive effects of mindfulness on self-esteem

Positive psychological research has clearly highlighted the importance of investigating factors that contribute to well-being. One factor contributing greatly to psychological well-being is mindfulness which has been related to a wide range of positive outcomes including healthy self-esteem. Here we present two studies that aim to extend prior research on mindfulness and self-esteem. In Study 1 we propose and test a theoretically derived model of the role that mindfulness plays in the prediction of self-esteem and life satisfaction. Four facets of mindfulness significantly predicted increased self-esteem which in turn predicted overall life satisfaction. In Study 2 we extended this study
by examining the direct effects of a brief mindfulness induction on state self-esteem and found that experimentally enhancing state mindfulness led to an increase in state self-esteem. The two studies presented clearly demonstrate that mindfulness and self-esteem are related and importantly that mindfulness training has direct positive effects on self-esteem.

The Journal of Positive Psychology , 2013 Vol. 8, No. 5, 376 – 386

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