Where does mindfulness based stress reduction come from?

The entry of mindfulness into the mainstream is largely attributed to the work of John Kabat Zinn who launched the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. The MBSR model has been shown in many studies and clinical trials to be an effective way to help relieve stress, anxiety and depression as well as bringing many benefits to overall quality of life.