This article explores the integration of mindfulness meditation and character strengths. Beyond simply focusing attention, mindfulness involves the cultivation of attention infused by an unconditional friendliness and interest. Universally valued character strengths (Peterson & Seligman, 2004) are useful constructs for such an infusion. Most mindfulness approaches and programs deal with managing a problem or psychological disorder; far less discussion, empirical work, and scholarly papers have addressed mindfulness from a positive psychology perspective that explicitly attempts to increase what is good. We review research and practice considerations for such an integration and discuss how character strengths enhance mindfulness (i.e. Strong Mindfulness) by dealing with barriers to mindfulness practice and augmenting mindful living in walking, driving, consuming, speaking, and listening.
Strong Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness and Character Strengths
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Ryan Niemiec, Tayyab Rashid, Marcello Spinella; Strong Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness and Character Strengths. Journal of Mental Health Counseling 1 July 2012; 34 (3): 240–253. doi: https://doi.org/10.17744/mehc.34.3.34p6328x2v204v21
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