Putting the ‘app’ in Happiness: A Randomised Controlled Trial of a Smartphone-Based Mindfulness Intervention to Enhance Wellbeing

These findings offer new insight that enriches current understanding of the interplay between person, activity, method of delivery and wellbeing enhancement

Annika Howells; Itai Ivtzan; Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa

2014

Scholarcy highlights

  • Psychology and the Smartphone RevolutionWe live in an age where technology is constantly evolving; becoming rapidly smarter, better and faster
  • Participants As a fundamental aim of this study was to attract a self-selected pool of happiness seekers, participants were recruited through advertisements in two self-development based enewsletters and interest groups of this nature on Facebook and LinkedIn over a six weeks period
  • PANAS are more robust in terms of effect size and power
  • It is widely accepted that positive interventions are a feasible and sustainable method of facilitating human flourishing through markedly increasing wellbeing; offering a way of moving towards this goal
  • The present study has covered new territory to demonstrate that smartphones are a viable, effective method of intervention dissemination that offer a way to make happiness seekers significantly happier
  • Whilst much more work needs to be done, the present study presents a case for smartphone-based interventions to support the inspirational vision of this field

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