Correlational findings

Study Goldstein (2007): study US 2005

Healthy adults, USA, 200?
Survey name:
Unnamed study
N = 73
Non Response:
Questionnaire: web
Additional qualitative data were obtained by semistructured interviews by telehone


Authors's label
Sacred moments intervention
Our Classification
Participants were randomly assigned to either a treatment or control condition

1: Treatment:  Participants practiced a mindful check-in technique the first 3 days and reported the findings to the researcher by email. On day 4 participants were requested to sanctify a self chosen object that was special to them. Then for the rest of the 3-week study period they spent a minimum of 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week practicing mindfulness techniques and then shifting attention to the sacred object and being open to what was sacred in the moment.

0: CONTROL. Participants were instructed to perform a writing task for a minium of 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week during 3 weeks

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BW-?-mq-v-5-a DM = + p < .01                             Happiness CHANGE  
                            T1-T2     T1-T3
Sacred moment intervention  +3.71     +4.51
Writing task controls       +4.16     +5.06
- difference                -0.45     -0.55
A-BW-?-mq-v-5-a D%sr = Sacred moment intervention  +4,6%     +5,6%
Writing task controls       +5,2%     +6,3%
- difference                -0.6%     -0.7%

Affect Balance computed by WDH team. Possible range is -40/40

Both the sacred moment intervention and the writing task control program increase happiness, but the increase is larger in the control group (ns)

T2 after 3 weeks intervention
T3 after 6 weeks follow-up