The Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Skills CIGMS-Baer, Smith, & Allen, 2004) and the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS-Brown & Ryan, 2003) have consistently been positively correlated with satisfaction with life and the emotional components that contribute to subjective well-being (Brown & Ryan 2003; Shapiro, Astin, Bishop, & Cordova, 2005). However, the majority of the studies examining the correlation of mindfulness and satisfaction with life have used Western samples. Few studies have examined the correlation between mindfulness and satisfaction with life within Buddhist societies. This study provides an exploratory study of the correlation of mindfulness and satisfaction with life within a predominantly Buddhist (96%) Thai population and an American sample. Cross-cultural differences in mindfulness as well as differences between the correlation between mindfulness and life satisfaction are examined.
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