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date: 26 May 2019

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This chapter will consider the ways our mindless use of evaluation, be it positive or negative, leads to our unhappiness, whereas the mindful use of evaluation promotes well-being. The direct effects of mindfulness on happiness will be discussed, including the positive influence of a mindset that embraces uncertainty. Traditionally negative experiences such as regret, excuses, blame, and discrimination will be reconsidered under the non-evaluative lens of a mindful approach. Finally, mindful discrimination involving attention to variability will be proposed as a solution for chronic illnesses (e.g., depression, anxiety, chronic pain) rooted in assumptions of constant suffering and disengagement. The chapter will conclude with a discussion of why teaching mindfulness may reap more benefits than trying to teach people to be positive.

Keywords: mindfulness, positive psychology, well-being, evaluation, happiness

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