Bodenlos, J. S., Wells, S. Y., Noonan, M., & Mayrsohn, A. (2015). Facets of Dispositional Mindfulness and Health Among College Students. Journal Of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 21(10), 645-652. doi:10.1089/acm.2014.0302
This article explores and explains the mindfulness phenomena in western culture, specifically in the world of healthcare. More specifically, the authors elaborate on what mindfulness entails of, how is defined, and how is it currently used. Additionally, this article analysis mindfulness-based interventions with college students, its outcomes in both medical patients and healthy individuals. The mindfulness-based interventions the authors analyze consist of 10-week intervention periods. The outcomes from these interventions resulted in improvements in mental health problems, such as depression, stress, and negative affect. This study also found that the mindfulness facets of describing, acting with awareness, and nonjudging of experience were positively associated with general health and energy. A different study shown that mindfulness was associated with better quality of life, more positive behaviors, and fewer health conditions. Additionally, mindfulness was associated with lower blood pressure and lower interleukin levels in young adults. This study also suggests that increasing dispositional mindfulness requires an ongoing practice before experiencing increases in health. Overall, this research adds to the existing literature by examining which facets of mindfulness are related to domains of health in college students.