This intervention was designed and implemented to see if practicing mindfulness could help participants in improving their understanding of the principles regarding current behaviour change policies. 15 civil service participants completed the eight-week course. The course was designed using Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) but also included theory from behavioural economics, behavioural psychology and sociology.
The results showed that there was a significant improvement in the understanding of the principles of behaviour change after the training. Additionally, the results indicated that participants experienced greater overall enjoyment of life and wellbeing, stress relief, greater focused attention on the present moment, opportunity for reflection and more effective and creative team work after the course. In addition, participants claimed that in understanding their own experience, which had been facilitated by the mindfulness practice, they became more sensitive towards the views, feelings and viewpoints of others.
However, this was quite a small sample size and only 5 people were interviewed in depth additionally there were differences in attendance rates.