Enhancing health and emotion: Mindfulness as a missing link between cognitive therapy and positive psychology

Nancy A. Hamilton, Heather Kitzman, Stephanie Guyotte

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Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular intervention for the treatment of physical illnesses and psychological difficulties. Using intervention strategies with mechanisms familiar to cognitive behavioral therapists, the principles and practice of mindfulness meditation offer promise for promoting many of the most basic elements of positive psychology. It is proposed that mindfulness meditation promotes positive adjustment by strengthening metacognitive skills and by changing schemas related to emotion, health, and illness. Additionally, the benefits of yoga as a mindfulness practice are explored. Even though much empirical work is needed to determine the parameters of mindfulness meditation's benefits, and the mechanisms by which it may achieve these benefits, theory and data thus far clearly suggest the promise of mindfulness as a link between positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-134
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic illness
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Depression
  • Meditation
  • Positive psychology
  • Psychotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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