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Education, prevention and therapeutic services aim at changing individual behavior and forge long lasting influences on problematic emotions, cognitions and social factors. It is becoming increasingly accepted that a consideration of basic individual needs, strengths and resources must complement the deficit-oriented tradition of interventions. Research on positive attitudes and emotions line out favorable effects of mindfulness based interventions by enhancing e.g. empathy and well-being. In addition, evaluations of interventions targeting pro social behavior show sustainable effects on self-efficacy and resilience. In this symposium we combine different perspectives of research from Chile, Italy, Switzerland, and Vietnam by connecting mindfulness to pro social behavior in positive social and physical environments to enhance resilience. Theoretical aspects, results of five different studies, and perspectives for practice in adolescence and adulthood to promote mental health and healthy lifestyles e.g. in schools or at the workplace are discussed.
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