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Fredrickson et al., 2008: Practicing love-kindness meditation increased well-being, feelings of social support, and positive emotions among adults over fifteen months

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Fredrickson, B. L., Cohn, M. A., Coffey, K. A., Pek, J., & Finkel, S. M. (2008). Open hearts build lives: positive emotions, induced through loving-kindness meditation, build consequential personal resources. Journal of personality and social psychology, 95(5), 1045.
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Summary:

Teaching people to practice loving-kindness mediation—a contemplative practice designed to increase feelings of warmth and caring for the self and others—in 6 hour-long sessions over 7 weeks caused increases in positive emotions, which mediated an increased sense of purpose in life, increased feelings of social support, and reduced illness symptoms. This in turn predicted increased life satisfaction and fewer depressive symptoms. Fifteen months after the program ended, about one in three participants reported continuing to mediate and those who did continued to report more positive emotions (Cohn & Fredrickson, 2010).

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

To Feel Connected, Included, Respected, and Valued by Others

Approach to Desired Meaning

What about it?

Remedy Threats to Belonging that Undermine Functioning

Psychological Question Addressed

Am I connected to others?

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Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Bolstering beliefs about social connectedness

Psychological Question Addressed

Am I connected to others?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018