Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 575–589 | Cite as

Doing and Being: Mindfulness, Health, and Quiet Ego Characteristics Among Buddhist Practitioners

  • Heidi A. WaymentEmail author
  • Bill Wiist
  • Bruce M. Sullivan
  • Meghan A. Warren
Research Paper


We examined the relationship between meditation experience, psychological mindfulness, quiet ego characteristics, and self-reported physical health in a diverse sample of adults with a range of Buddhist experience (N = 117) gathered from a web-based survey administered to Buddhist practitioners around the world between August 1, 2007 and January 31, 2008. Practicing meditation on a regular basis and greater experience with Buddhism was related to higher psychological mindfulness scores. Psychological mindfulness was correlated with a latent variable called “quiet ego characteristics” that reflected measures based on Bauer and Wayment’s (Transcending self-interest: psychological explorations of the quiet ego. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, pp 7–19, 2008) conceptual and multidimensional definition of a “quiet ego”: wisdom, altruism, sense of interdependence with all living things, need for structure (reversed), anger/verbal aggression (reversed), and negative affectivity (reversed). In turn, quiet ego characteristics were positively related to self-reported health. Our findings provide continuing support for the key role psychological mindfulness may play in psychological and physical well-being.


Mindfulness Quiet ego Health Well-being Meditation Buddhism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heidi A. Wayment
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bill Wiist
    • 2
  • Bruce M. Sullivan
    • 3
  • Meghan A. Warren
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA
  2. 2.College of Health & Human ServicesNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA
  3. 3.Department of Comparative Cultural StudiesNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA
  4. 4.Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic TrainingNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA

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