|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; University of Wisconsin-Madison|
Keyes works in the areas of complete mental health and methods for attaining positive social relationships. He also studies the psychology of aging. Keyes is known for coining the psychological term "flourishing" which describes mentally healthy adults. He is considered to be a pioneer in the field of positive psychology. Keyes is a member of advisory board for the World Happiness Forum and is a member of the Positive Psychology Network. His work has had wide reaching policy implications. He has worked with the Center for Disease Control and "his model of mental health as a complete state has been adopted by Public Health Agency of Canada into its national surveillance program in all Canadian provinces."
- We are living longer — on average 30 years longer than at the start of the 20th century — yet we are not living healthier. The question is: Are we just living dependent and sick, or are we living healthy and able to contribute?
- I think we set up an impossible task, because our hedonistic version of happiness is impossible to sustain. But it is quite possible to feel fulfilled and content and that the world is meaningful by aligning yourself with some ideals, something that is bigger and better than you, and trying to live up to it.
- Women and Depression
- Flourishing: positive psychology and the life well-lived
- Risk and Resilience in Human Development
- Social Functioning and Social Well-Being