Mental Health & Happiness

What can we learn from this knowledge?

Professor Vázquez showed in various studies that mental problems have strong negative influences on life satisfaction and happiness of the people concerned. In order to make the treatment of people with mental illnesses more effective and nicer, it is essential to create a connection between both fields, namely, positive psychology and clinical psychology. Moreover, this knowledge should be adopted by the health system and be reflected in politics. Furthermore, the implementation of mental fitness training is not only quite beneficial for each person (if healthy or ill) but it is also a strong advantage for economics. Nowadays, there are diverse offers promising relaxation, inner peace, a higher life satisfaction and more happiness. Positive psychology simply provides a breeding ground for each person to get to know his or her own strengths and abilities to grow a little and to be happier.


  1. Vázquez, Carmelo, Rahona, Juan J, Gόmez, Diego, Caballero, Francisco Felix& Hervás, Gonzalo (2015). A National Representative Study of the Relative Impact of Physical and Psychological Problems on Life Satisfaction. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16(1), 135-148.
  2. Vázquez, Carmelo, Rahona, Juan J, Hervás, Gonzalo &Gόmez, Diego (2009). Psychological well-being and health. Contributions of positive psychology. Annuary of Clinical and Health Psychology, 5, 15-27.
  3. Hautzinger, Martin& Thies, Elisabeth (2009). Klinische Psychologie: psychische Störungen kompakt. Beltz PVU.
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  • Prof. Dr. Andrew Oswald Professor of Economics, University of Warwick
  • Prof. Dr. Ronnie Schöb Professor for International Public Economics, Free University Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Ruut Veenhoven Emeritus Professor Social Conditions of Human Happiness, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Prof. Dr. Carmelo Vazquez President of the International Positive Psychology association
  • Prof. Dr. Marc Hassenzahl Folkwang University Essen
  • Dr. Martijn Burger Academic Director Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation
  • Dr. Adam Okulicz Kozaryn Researcher Rutgers University
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