In recent decades, psychological research on the effects of mindfulness-based interventions has greatly developed and demonstrated a range of beneficial outcomes in a variety of populations and contexts. Yet, the question of how to foster subjective well-being and happiness remains open. Here, we assessed the effectiveness of an integrated mental training program The Art of Happiness on psychological well-being in a general population. The mental training program was designed to help practitioners develop new ways to nurture their own happiness. This was achieved by seven modules aimed at cultivating positive cognition strategies and behaviors using both formal (i.e., lectures, meditations) and informal practices (i.e., open discussions). The program was conducted over a period of 9 months, also comprising two retreats, one in the middle and one at the end of the course. By using a set of established psychometric tools, we assessed the effects of such a mental training program on several psychological well-being dimensions, taking into account both the longitudinal effects of the course and the short-term effects arising from the intensive retreat experiences. The results showed that several psychological well-being measures gradually increased within participants from the beginning to the end of the course. This was especially true for life satisfaction, self-awareness, and emotional regulation, highlighting both short-term and longitudinal effects of the program. In conclusion, these findings suggest the potential of the mental training program, such as The Art of Happiness, for psychological well-being.

The Art of Happiness: An Explorative Study of a Contemplative Program for Subjective Well-Being / Rastelli, Clara; Calabrese, Lucia; Miller, Constance; Raffone, Antonino; De Pisapia, Nicola. - In: FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1664-1078. - 2021, 12:(2021), pp. 600982.1-600982.18. [10.3389/fpsyg.2021.600982]

The Art of Happiness: An Explorative Study of a Contemplative Program for Subjective Well-Being

Rastelli, Clara;De Pisapia, Nicola
2021-01-01

Abstract

In recent decades, psychological research on the effects of mindfulness-based interventions has greatly developed and demonstrated a range of beneficial outcomes in a variety of populations and contexts. Yet, the question of how to foster subjective well-being and happiness remains open. Here, we assessed the effectiveness of an integrated mental training program The Art of Happiness on psychological well-being in a general population. The mental training program was designed to help practitioners develop new ways to nurture their own happiness. This was achieved by seven modules aimed at cultivating positive cognition strategies and behaviors using both formal (i.e., lectures, meditations) and informal practices (i.e., open discussions). The program was conducted over a period of 9 months, also comprising two retreats, one in the middle and one at the end of the course. By using a set of established psychometric tools, we assessed the effects of such a mental training program on several psychological well-being dimensions, taking into account both the longitudinal effects of the course and the short-term effects arising from the intensive retreat experiences. The results showed that several psychological well-being measures gradually increased within participants from the beginning to the end of the course. This was especially true for life satisfaction, self-awareness, and emotional regulation, highlighting both short-term and longitudinal effects of the program. In conclusion, these findings suggest the potential of the mental training program, such as The Art of Happiness, for psychological well-being.
2021
Rastelli, Clara; Calabrese, Lucia; Miller, Constance; Raffone, Antonino; De Pisapia, Nicola
The Art of Happiness: An Explorative Study of a Contemplative Program for Subjective Well-Being / Rastelli, Clara; Calabrese, Lucia; Miller, Constance; Raffone, Antonino; De Pisapia, Nicola. - In: FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1664-1078. - 2021, 12:(2021), pp. 600982.1-600982.18. [10.3389/fpsyg.2021.600982]
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