Positive psychology describes an area in psychology that promotes the application of scientific understanding of mental conditions to promote effective intervention towards achieving an acceptable life instead of simply curing mental illness. Positive psychology thus perpetuates scientific investigation on how human development can weaken by bringing attention to the fact merely focusing on mental disorder can only enhance partial conversance with an individual’s condition. This paper compares scientific inquiry in two articles to establish how they significantly contribute to the field of positive psychology.
“Mindfulness and Sustainable Behavior: Pondering Attention and awareness and Means for Increasing Green Behavior” by LU (2013), and “Mindfulness Holds for Treating Depression” by Amel et al (2009) are two important articles that make significant contributions to the field of positive psychology by advocating the need to employ the principle of mindfulness to manage our inner experiences as influenced by external environment so as to promote a satisfactory life. The first article focuses on how the concept of mindfulness can be employed to enhance overall human wellbeing by integrating our inner experiences with the external context, failure to which the two contexts operate independently, which ultimately affects overall individual wellbeing (Lu 14). The second article however focuses on how mindfulness can be employed as a cognitive therapy to prevent relapse of depression, which is usually perpetuated by traumatic external experiences (Amel 1). Despite this disparity in the specific field of focus, the two articles advocates to the fact that mindfulness can be employed to address mental implications that can result from crises emanating from the external environment. The two articles suggest that the principle of mindfulness can be effective in addressing mental implications resulting from the external environment if the person experiencing these implications is willing to employ this principle as well as whether he/she believes that he/she has sufficient capacity, personal control and responsibility to disengage in mentally unsound behaviors while on the other hand promoting positive and relevant behaviors. The first article for example states that mental crises that emanate from disintegration of our inner experiences from the external environment can be avoided when we understand their causes, know how to make change as well as be committed to make appropriate change. This would ensure that we are mindful of minute actions that we engage in on daily basis, which interfere with environmental sustainability and subsequent human wellbeing (Lu 15). Similarly, the second article suggests that individuals can effectively employ the mindfulness principle by being careful about thoughts and emotions that confront them at each moment. Such individuals can ensure that they carefully take note of where their wandering mind goes and takes it back to their ongoing moment without letting it to get caught up in moments where it had wandered to (Amel 1, para 4).
The two articles give distinct implications that can result from failure to integrate mindfulness with our daily routines to avoid mental instabilities. According to the first article, failure integrate mindfulness in our daily interaction with the outside environment leads to automaticity, which predetermines how actions are carried out (Lu 15, para 4). While such activities may be less sustainable than they ought to be, they may automatically perpetuate environmental instability that can in return affect overall individual wellbeing. The second article however suggests that failure to integrate mindfulness with our daily routines attributes to most people increasingly addressing negative thoughts that can eventually translate into depressive relapse (Amel 1, para 5).
The two articles exhibit distinct data collection methods to gather data that can respond to a common objective, which included understanding the various beliefs, behaviors and psychological attributes individuals employ in integrating the concept of mindfulness in their daily routines. The first article employed a primary questionnaire methodology to directly collect data from study respondents (Lu 18) while the second article employed a secondary meta analysis methodology to analyze secondary sources complied by different scholars after conducting different controlled trials (Amel 1-3).
An important observation made in the review of these articles is that mindfulness is an important principle that can promote overall individual wellbeing by intentionally focusing one’s attention on positive thoughts, attitudes and behaviors. Mindfulness helps to alleviate mental as well as physical conditions that prevent individuals from experiencing positive development. These articles make significant contribution towards positive psychology by deriving scientific evidence that indicate the positive outcomes that can result from integration of mindfulness in our daily activities. The articles do not condemn or ignore the use of traditional approaches in treating mental implications that result from our external environment. They however advocate for the integration of these approaches with a scientific approach, which in this case is mindfulness to manage our mental conditions.
Amel, Elise. “Mindfulness and Sustainable Behavior: Pondering Attention and Awareness as Means for Increasing Green Behavior.” Ecopsychology 1.1(2009):14-25.
Lu, Stacy. “Mindfulness Holds Promise for Traeting Depression New Research Suggests that Practicing Mindfulness May Help Prevent a Relapse.” Monitor Staff 46.3(2015):1-4