Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

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by Dacher Keltner
     
 

ISBN-10: 039306512X

ISBN-13: 9780393065121

Pub. Date: 01/12/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Born to Be Good grows out of Dacher Keltner's postgraduate work with Paul Ekman, a pioneer in the study of facial expressions. Revealing the unspoken language of every facial movement, bodily gesture, and vocal tone, often with fascinating illustrations, Keltner charts the highly coordinated patterns of behavior that have been honed by thousands of generations of

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"Born to Be Good grows out of Dacher Keltner's postgraduate work with Paul Ekman, a pioneer in the study of facial expressions. Revealing the unspoken language of every facial movement, bodily gesture, and vocal tone, often with fascinating illustrations, Keltner charts the highly coordinated patterns of behavior that have been honed by thousands of generations of evolution and that enable individuals to bring the good in others to completion. With studies that are thought-provoking (Is laughing at death a good sign for long-term happiness?) and unconventional (What can studying goose bumps tell us about our spiritual capacities?), Keltner shows how happiness is found in the rich landscape of positive emotions that until recently remained mysterious to science." Keltner suggests that the secret to happiness lies in a jen ratio (the balance of good and bad in your life) and demonstrates that the simplest of touches and the slightest of smiles are encoded signals of our innate capacity to engage with others in cooperative communities. Laughter when a baby laughs, the warm feeling in the chest at the sight of a loved one, a blush when you feel embarrassed: such visceral behaviors are easy to perceive, hard to feign, and suggest that our capacity for good is programmed into our brains and bodies.

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ISBN-13:
9780393065121
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/12/2009
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1 Jen Science 3

2 Darwin's Joys 16

3 Rational Irrationality 35

4 Survival of the Kindest 52

5 Embarrassment 74

6 Smile 97

7 Laughter 123

8 Tease 146

9 Touch 173

10 Love 199

11 Compassion 225

12 Awe 250

Notes 271

Text Acknowledgments 315

Illustration Acknowledgments 317

Index 321

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Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a more hopeful view of humanity after reading this book. The author presents scientific findings from positive psychology in an engaging and accessible way. Many parts of the book had me chuckling. The main thesis is that humans have evolved to be cooperative and compassionate. Also, the key to a meaningful life is to cultivate the goodness in yourself and those around you. I found myself sharing many of the facts from the book at our dinner table...it was very informative.
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