Many helpful exercises and programs have been developed under the rubric of Positive Psychology to enhance wellbeing, but it is argued here that two mental practices are foundational to wellbeing – these are mindfulness and compassion. Mindfulness trains the skills of awareness, attention and self-regulation, while compassion trains the skills of empathy and kindness. Evidence suggests these skills are so fundamental, that mindfulness and compassion training alone can exert powerful and wide-ranging positive effects on the lives of children and teachers, and are likely to magnify the benefits of other programs designed to enhance wellbeing. It will also be suggested that mindfulness training has benefits for critical thinking skills which are so crucial for accurate appraisal and all the benefits that derive from that. 

About Felicia
Professor Felicia Huppert is internationally renowned for her work on the science of wellbeing and the promotion of human flourishing. She holds a Professorship in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, at ACU in Sydney, and spends part of the year in the UK, where she is Director of the Well-being Institute at the University of Cambridge, and Emeritus Professor of Psychology. She advises the UK Government and international bodies on the measurement of wellbeing, and on policies to enhance wellbeing. Her research is broad ranging, including studies of mindfulness training in schools, and compassion training in a healthcare setting.