The Mutual Support Model of Mindfulness and Character Strengths

Pang, Dandan; Ruch, Willibald (2019). The Mutual Support Model of Mindfulness and Character Strengths. Mindfulness, 10(8), pp. 1545-1559. Springer 10.1007/s12671-019-01103-z

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Objectives Numerous studies have confirmed robust relationships between general well-being and mindfulness or character strengths, respectively, but few have examined associations between mindfulness and character strengths. Two studies were carried out to explore these relationships comprehensively in the framework of the Values in Action (VIA) classification of character strengths. Methods In study 1, participants (N = 1335) completed validated assessments of mindfulness and character strengths, and the relationship between the two was investigated in a broad online sample. In study 2, the effect of a mindfulness training on specific character strengths was investigated using a randomized-control design (N = 42). Results The results of study 1 confirmed positive relationships between mindfulness and character strengths and further identified a list of character strengths that might overlap with mindfulness—i.e., creativity, curiosity, open-mindedness, love of learning, perspective, bravery, perseverance, zest, love, social intelligence, forgiveness, self-regulation, appreciation of beauty, gratitude, hope, and spirituality. The findings of study 2 provided further support for the hypothesis that mindfulness training could help cultivate certain character strengths. Compared with participants in the waitlist control condition, those who attended an 8-week mindfulness-based training program showed significant increases in the strengths of love, appreciation of beauty, gratitude, and spirituality, and a trend toward significant increases in the strengths of zest and bravery. Conclusions The results provide initial evidence for a mutual support model of mindfulness and character strengths.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Pang, Dandan


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology






[42] Schweizerischer Nationalfonds




Dandan Pang

Date Deposited:

31 May 2019 14:16

Last Modified:

07 Jul 2019 02:37

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Character strengths, Mindfulness, MBSR, Positive psychology, VIA classification




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