Are the mentally and physically handicapped as happy as everyone else?

Yes:

Three studies tested the proposition that membership in a fixed-status class would be unrelated to life satisfaction. In two studies questionnaire responses of handicapped persons were compared with those of normals. In the third study the observed moods of 40 mentally retarded children were compared with those of 40 normals. Results seemed to demonstrate essential equivalence in life satisfaction for handicapped, retarded, and normal persons.

Source: “The Life Satisfaction of Nonnormal Persons” from Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 41, 2, 207-214, Oct 73

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