Addressing Depression Through Purpose and Happiness

  • Simon DeinEmail author
  • Yossi Ives


Jewish thought contains strong elements of both positive psychology and logotherapy, and this chapter draws upon Jewish teaching to suggest happiness and emotional wellbeing require an emphasis both on positive attitudes and emotions, as well as a sense of purpose and striving to achieve a higher goal. This chapter will begin with a brief introduction to Judaism and depression and will continue by looking at key positive emotions that are fostered by Jewish teaching and now advanced in the positive psychology literature. Thereafter, the chapter will continue with an exploration of some key ideas of logotherapy and how those are reinforced by teachings in Judaism. The chapter will conclude by drawing on the Judaic principle to explore a framework for incorporating elements of both logotherapy and positive psychology and will suggest directions for future research into therapeutic applications.


Purpose Happiness Depression Jewish values Logotherapy Positive psychology Gratitude Humour Optimism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Brain SciencesUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Tag Institute for Social DevelopmentLondonUK

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