The Mindfulness and Family Resilience Lab conducts studies focusing on how mindfulness is associated with personal well-being and interpersonal relationships. In particular, we are interested in how mindfulness affects interactions between parents and their children and how what we learn about mindfulness can be used to inform and create future prevention and intervention efforts for families.
Mindfulness is a particular form of present-moment awareness that can be induced by directing attention to the breath, body, or other internal sensations or external stimuli. Being mindful in one’s daily activities is often trained through daily meditation practice, but may also be cultivated through briefer, but regular activities. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to increase calmness and well-being and reduce stress, even after a brief period. See our PROJECTS page (hyperlink) to find out more about our current studies.