Born to Be Good : The Science of a Meaningful Life (Hardcover)

Author: Keltner, Dacher

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An optimistic assessment of humanitys biological predisposition for goodness draws on scientific findings, personal narrative, and eastern philosophy to explain how positive emotions are a key component of ethical action, the establishment of cooperative societies, and living a happy life. 40,000 first printing. *Author: Keltner, Dacher *Subtitle: The Science of a Meaningful Life *Publication Date: 2009/01/11 *Number of Pages: 336 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.50

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Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Mfg Part# 9780393065121
SKU 208067399
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 039306512X
Release Date 1/1/2009
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.25L x 1T
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"[Keltner] uses a broad range of jokey, playful examples to illustrate an intriguing central thesis: that laughing, blushing, touching, teasing, loving, empathizing and other not-very-scientific-seeming subjects can be methodically analyzed in terms of their importance to our survival."
"Turning the conventional view of Darwin on its head, Keltner argues that human beings have survived as a species, and have gained dominion over the planet, because we have managed to control our most destructive and hostile impulses and instead have been rewarded for protecting one another, helping one another, being kind to one another. "
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Editors Note "An optimistic assessment of humanity's biological predisposition for goodness draws on scientific findings, personal narrative, and eastern philosophy to explain how positive emotions are a key component of ethical action, the establishment of cooperative societies, and living a happy life. 40,000 first printing."
Annotation Combining the "law of attraction" with the "law of natural selection," Dacher Keltner reports that humans are biologically biased towards affirmative thoughts and actions. He analyzes the anatomy of the human face, to show that the muscles are aligned and designed to easily produce smiles and giggles, and explains the evolutionary purpose of touching and hugging. He also reveals that we are neurologically wired for optimism, as evidenced by the feelings of warmth and satisfaction that follow a good deed. The best news of all is that the process of positive evolution will naturally be accelerated as more and more people become conscious of the natural benevolence of these behaviors.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0352
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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