Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 1691–1711 | Cite as

Mindfulness Can Make You Happy-and-Productive: A Mindfulness Controlled Trial and Its Effects on Happiness, Work Engagement and Performance

  • Cristián CooEmail author
  • Marisa Salanova
Research Paper


A controlled trial of a Mindfulness Based Intervention (MBI) was conducted on a big Spanish public hospital. The intervention program was offered to the staff as an initiative to promote psychosocial health of workers. Nineteen employees participated of the program, which consisted in three 150-min sessions and other fifteen employees acted as a control group in a waiting-list format. Pre–Post evaluations of Mindfulness, Work Engagement, Happiness and Performance where taken and the data analysis suggests that the intervention program was successful in boosting the existing levels of all the evaluated variables. The practical implications of these findings suggest that shorter versions of traditional MBI programs could be an effective Healthy Organizational Practice to boost happiness and performance among healthcare professionals.


Mindfulness Work engagement Happiness Performance 



This research was supported by two grants from the Generalitat Valenciana, GRISOLIA (2014/021) and PROMETEO (2013/025).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Psychology, WANT Research TeamUniversitat Jaume ICastellón de la PlanaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Social PsychologyUniversitat Jaume ICastellón de la PlanaSpain

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