Mindfulness and Resilience to Foster Mental Health By Dr. Resmy Varghese


Psychologists were always intrigued by the thoughts of how do human mind work. In the recent years, the focus of psychologists around the world is on finding sustainable solutions to the various problems faced by at individual level as well as at societal level. Numerous schools of psychological and spiritual thought have highlighted the need of consciousness for overall wellbeing. The aspect of consciousness known as mindfulness is one that significantly contributes to wellbeing. Mindfulness is the state of being alert and aware of the present. Positive mental health is facilitated by mindfulness, which enhances general well-being. Equally important is resilience which is the ability to put the mind and life into its track again even while facing challenges. The present study was an attempt to find out mindfulness and resilience of individuals of different age group-referred to as young adults and middle age adults and educational qualifications. The relationship if any, between mindfulness and resilience in general and with respect to age groups and educational qualifications has also been looked into. The researcher used descriptive research method for the present study and the tools employed were Mindful Attention Awareness Scale and a researcher made tool to assess resilience. The results indicated that there is no difference either in mindfulness or resilience of individuals with respect to age group or educational qualifications. Also there existed a strong positive correlation between mindfulness and resilience, in general and also with respect to age group and educational qualifications. The research has underlined the need to develop mindfulness techniques to develop resilience and there by fostering positive mental health

Keywords: mindfulness, resilience, young adults, middle age adults, positive mental health, positive psychology

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