Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
In Born to Be Good, Dacher Keltner demonstrates that humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are "nasty, brutish, and short"—we are in fact born to be good. He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: why have we evolved positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and are the fabric of cooperative societies?
By combining stories of scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy, Keltner illustrates his discussions with more than fifty photographs of human emotions. Born to Be Good is a profound study of how emotion is the key to living the good life and how the path to happiness goes through human emotions that connect people to one another.
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Keltner has some good things to say. He makes some points that tend to renew one's faith in humanity. But overall, the writing in Born to Be Good is sort of academic and dry, and the conclusions seem ... Read full review
Good stuff in this book. Although some chapter did drag. I particularly like the chapters on Embarrassment, Smiles, Tease & Touch. I found myself talking about the subjects a lot and sharing the stuff I learned. Other chapter were a little dull and I found them hard to push through. All in all an interesting read if you like sociology & evolutionary psychology.