Empathy Mediates the Relationship between Mindfulness and Well-Being
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This study analyzed how empathy mediates the relationship between mindfulness and the three measures of well-being: positive affect, negative affect, and life satisfaction. Participants were recruited from a small university, local yoga studios, and community centers in the southeastern part of the United States. Participants filled out a questionnaire packet that contained FFMQ, EQ, MCSDS, PANAS, Satisfaction with Life scales, and a demographics survey. By using a mediation model, we found that empathy was a significant mediator between mindfulness and positive affect. However, empathy was not a significant mediator between mindfulness and negative affect or mindfulness and life satisfaction. These findings, if expanded upon, could be beneficial to future psychotherapy programs by increasing their treatment success rates.