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Mindfulness and Happiness

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the multiple health benefits of practicing mindfulness happiness, explain how happiness is measured, and provide suggestions for engaging in activities that increase health and happiness.
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New research is demonstrating that mindfulness might be the key to happiness and health. Everyone wants to be happy and healthy. Mindful happiness is not found in external things but within ourselves. By focusing on becoming happier, we will not only feel better but also have increased energy, improved immune function, increased creativity, improved relationships, and increased productivity. Mindful happiness also leads to a healthier, longer life.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define the definition of mindfulness.
  • Define the definition of happiness.
  • List the health benefits of mindful happiness.
  • Describe the factors that determine happiness.
  • Describe practices that increase happiness and health.

The utilization of mindfulness in health and well-being is a burgeoning area of study and practice in the mental health and healthcare fields. The number of research articles, books, and popular articles on the topic is growing exponentially and the demand for quality professional training in these practices and techniques are increasing each year. Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation, a secular practice of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a key component in a wide variety of empirically validated interventions, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. What was once a secular practice known by a few is now being studied by many because of its many health benefits. For example, neuroscientists are mapping how mindfulness training can change the way the brain functions. They are taking a fresh look at the nature of the “self,” as well as examining how mindfulness affects the regulation of emotions, feelings of compassion, wisdom, and the far reaches of human potential.

Research in the field of happiness is also expanding at a rapid pace. Studies suggest that 40% of our happiness is attributed to intentional activities—things over which we have control (Lykken, 1999; Killingsworth, 2016). The key to happiness for individuals appears to lie in changing the 40% they can control such as engaging in positive, creative experiences and positive thought patterns.

Most people want to experience health and happiness. Positive emotions (e.g., joy, delight, contentment, serenity, curiosity, interest, vitality, and enthusiasm), motivation, effort, commitment, variety, social support, and effective health habits are keys to achieving and maintaining happiness. Happiness contributes to positive mental, physical, and spiritual health and supports positive emotions. Practicing mindful happiness helps cultivate positive happy emotions while experiencing the benefits of mindfulness as well. The result is the ability to make choices that lead to success, abundance, wealth, health on many levels, and positive, supportive relationships (Scott, 2015).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
Course Expires:

July 14, 2019

  • Caroline Young, MPH
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.