App-based mindfulness training supported eudaimonic wellbeing during the COVID19 pandemic

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka; Keenan, Oliver; Ziegler, Matthias; Ciesielski, Pawel; Wahl, Julia and Mazurkiewicz, Magdalena. 2024. App-based mindfulness training supported eudaimonic wellbeing during the COVID19 pandemic. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 16(1), pp. 42-59. ISSN 1758-0846 [Article]

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A randomized-controlled-trial study (N = 219) tested two pre-registered hypotheses that mobile-phone app-based mindfulness training improves wellbeing and increases self-transcendent emotions: gratitude, self-compassion, and awe. Latent change score modeling with a robust maximum likelihood estimator was used to test how those changes are associated in the training versus the waiting-list group. The training increased wellbeing and all self-transcendent emotions regardless of interindividual variance in the changes across time. Changes in all self-transcendent emotions were positively associated with changes in wellbeing. The strength of those associations was comparable in the waiting-list group and the training group. More studies are needed to test whether the effects of mindfulness practice on wellbeing are driven by increases in self-transcendent emotions. The study was conducted over 6 weeks during the COVID19 pandemic. The results indicate that the mindfulness training can be an easily accessible effective intervention supporting eudaimonic wellbeing in face of adversity.

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Funding information: This work was supported by the Polish National Science Centre advanced research grant Maestro (2017/26/A/HS6/00647) awarded to Agnieszka Golec de Zavala.

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Data and analyses codes and study materials are available in open access (at 8p7au/?view_only=9223f6a5b32a4ac68bfed6907747b653). Participants signed informed consent. The pre-registered hypotheses are at Data and codes are available at


app-supported mindfulness training, COVID19, latent change modeling, self-transcendent emotions, wellbeing

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24 June 2023Accepted
11 July 2023Published Online
February 2024Published

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13 Jul 2023 14:19

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26 Apr 2024 15:34

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