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The relation between flourishing, perceived stress, and lifestyle habits to reduce stress

Voigt, J. (2021) The relation between flourishing, perceived stress, and lifestyle habits to reduce stress.

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Abstract:Nowadays, the focus has shifted from treating symptoms to improving the quality of life, i.e., well-being. This is an essential aspect of the field of positive psychology. The current study examined the role of perceived stress, yoga, and meditation in flourishing individuals, which is the highest attainable state of mental well-being. It was expected that flourishing people would perceive less stress in their daily lives and spend more time engaging in stress-reducing activities, such as yoga and meditation. In a cross-sectional design, 153 participants completed an online questionnaire that tracked their well-being, perceived stress, and the number of days they practiced yoga and meditation on average. A weak but significant association was found between perceived stress and well-being. However, no differences in perceived stress levels were found in flourishers compared to non-flourishers. Additionally, no associations were found between the variables of yoga, meditation, and flourishing but with overall well-being and meditation. Future research should utilize a longitudinal study to understand participants' well-being and perceived stress levels fully. Additionally, more items should be used for stressreducing activities that include other options such as reading or exercising.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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