Dr Lunthita Duthely collaborates on mindful well being

Dr Lunthita Duthely collaborates on mindful well being

November 25, 2018-SAS alumni and CEITR alumni research fellow, Dr. Lunthita Duthely, collaborated with Harashita Sunaoshi, Waseda University, Japan and Olga Villar-Loubet, University of Miami, USA to develop a book chapter published by the International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP). The book chapter was the culmination of work derived from Dr. Duthely’s dissertation and began with poster and speaking presentations in August 2016 at the 23rd IACCP conference in Nagoya Japan. The follow up book chapter, which was not part of the conference proceedings, was accepted for publication by IACCP.  Dr. Duthely is a faculty member at University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. The citation and abstract are below.


Higher well-being correlates positively with multiple psychological and social outcomes, including workplace success and better academic outcomes for students. Poetry and meditation, independently, have been demonstrated in prior studies to increase well-being in a variety of contexts, including physical and mental health challenges. To our knowledge, this is the only published cross-cultural study that merged contemplative practices and poetry within the well-being paradigm, particularly among general, non-clinical adolescent populations. The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the use of meditation and mantric poetry in a cross-cultural, educational context. The materials included The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide your Life-Journey paperback and audiobook—a collection of poetry and prose to enhance positive emotions. A content analysis was conducted with post-secondary student essays and secondary students’ comments, subsequent to an experience of meditation and mantric poetry in their respective academic settings. Post-secondary students (n = 34) were enrolled in an English as a Second Language (ESL) course in Japan, and secondary students (n = 30) were enrolled in an English Language Arts (ELA) class in the United States. The most commonly occurring themes that emerged across the two cohorts were inner peace, happiness, life-changing experience, and overcoming a challenge.


Citation:  Duthely, L. M., Sunaoshi, H. Y., & Villar-Loubet, O. M. (2018).  Meditation, mantric poetry, and well-being: A qualitative, cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary exploration with American secondary and Japanese post-secondary adolescents. In M. Karasawa, M. Yuki, K. Ishii, Y. Uchida, K. Sato, & W. Friedlmeier (Eds.), Venture into cross-cultural psychology: Proceedings from the 23rd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/iaccp_papers/143/

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