Peace of Mind and Organizational Citizenship Behavior

The Mediating Effect of Loving Kindness

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A Thai company organizes a weekly sermon and meditation session for its clients and members. We hypothesized that vipassana meditation’s positive effects in work would be manifested in peace of mind, loving kindness, and organizational citizenship behavior (ocb), that peace of mind would predict ocb, and that loving kindness would mediate the relationship of peace of mind to ocb. Peace of mind is operationally defined as the experience of inner peace and harmony; loving kindness as the thoughts, words, and acts of kindness extended to all creatures; and ocb as individual behavior that involves courtesy, civic virtue, sportsmanship, conscientiousness, and altruism. We conducted a study among 147 vipassana meditation participants; the results supported the hypotheses. Participants’ peace of mind predicted ocb and loving kindness significantly mediated the peace of mind-ocb relationship. The beneficial effects of vipassana meditation suggest its adoption by organizations to foster efficient functioning.

Peace of Mind and Organizational Citizenship Behavior

The Mediating Effect of Loving Kindness

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    Conceptual models of the hypotheses. Model 1A: Peace of mind predicts organizational citizenship behavior. Model 1B: Loving kindness mediates the relationship of peace of mind to organizational citizenship behavior.
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    Tests of the hypothesized models. Upper figure (2A): Total effect (peace of mind predicting organizational citizenship behavior). Lower figure (2B): Indirect effect, with loving kindness as mediator, and age and income as control variables. Indirect effect (β) = 0.34, p <0.001. Together, the predictors accounted for 29% of the variance in organizational citizenship behavior. Standardized regression coefficients are displayed. *** p < 0.001.
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    Tests of the alternative model. Upper figure (3A): Total effect (loving kindness predicting organizational citizenship behavior). Lower figure (3B): Indirect effect, with peace of mind as mediator, and age and income as control variables. Indirect effect (β) =0.06, ns. The indirect effect of loving kindness to ocb through the mediation of peace of mind is not significant. Standardized regression coefficients are displayed. *** p < 0.001.

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