Author: Ivtzan I1, Papantoniou A2.
1Department of Psychology, UEL (University East London), Stratford Campus, London E15 4LZ, UK. Electronic address: email@example.com. 2Department of Psychology, UEL (University East London), Stratford Campus, London E15 4LZ, UK.
Conference/Journal: J Bodyw Mov Ther.
Date published: 2014 Apr
Other: Volume ID: 18 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: 183-9 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.11.005 , Word Count: 182
The present study aims to explore the existence of a relationship between the extent of yoga practice and two dimensions of psychological wellbeing: meaning in life and gratitude. Both of the variables are positive psychology constructs; there is theoretical affinity and empirical evidence that they are related to overall psychological wellbeing. One hundred and twenty four participants aged 18 years and above, with yoga experience ranging from none to over six years, responded to a number of scales. The extent of yoga practice was measured by the number of years during which individuals practiced yoga at least two times a week. Participants responded to the following scales: MLQ (Meaning in Life Questionnaire) and GQ-6 (Gratitude Questionnaire). This study hypothesised that the number of years practicing yoga would be positively correlated to the score obtained on the aforementioned scales. Positive correlations were identified between the extent of yoga practice and meaning in life and gratitude. Important implications regarding the contribution of yoga to both hedonic and Eudaimonic happiness are discussed.
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Gratitude, Meaning, Positive psychology, Yoga practice