Bracing Later and Coping Better: Benefits of Mindfulness During a Stressful Waiting Period

  title={Bracing Later and Coping Better: Benefits of Mindfulness During a Stressful Waiting Period},
  author={Kate Sweeny and Jennifer L. Howell},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1399 - 1414}
People frequently await uncertain news, yet research reveals that the strategies people naturally use to cope with uncertainty are largely ineffective. We tested the role of mindfulness for improving the experience of a stressful waiting period. Law graduates awaiting their bar exam results either reported their trait mindfulness (Study 1; N = 150) or were instructed to practice mindfulness meditation (Study 2; N = 90). As hypothesized, participants who were naturally more mindful or who… 

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