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Saturday, May 7, 2016
Feeling Good by Menelaos Apostolou
Feeling Good: An Evolutionary Perspective on Life Choices by Menelaos Apostolou
Every day, people make life choices that, ideally, increase their evolutionary fitness - the chances of survival and successful reproduction - and lead to positive feelings of fulfillment, accomplishment, and happiness. Sometimes, however, individuals experience quite the opposite: feelings of sadness caused by fitness-decreasing choices. Fortunately, many advancements in evolutionary theory and evolutionary psychology have increased humans' capacity as a species to address the question of how to live a life characterized by more positive than negative feelings.
Feeling Good reveals anyone can learn how to trigger mechanisms that generate positive feelings and increase positive fitness levels. The key is to employ an evolutionary perspective on how mental mechanisms generate feelings in relation to our life choices.
From an insightfully evolutionary perspective, Feeling Good examines how to find and keep a mate, make good career decisions, build a solid social network, deal with death and negative influences, and make life choices in general that can lead to better and more sustainable mental and physical health. Menelaos Apostolou deepens our understanding of human nature by exploring what is good and evil in an evolutionary sense as well as in relation to religious dogmas; and whether making fitness-increasing life choices can lead to more good or more evil acts.
We are all looking after happiness. So when I've seen this book, I thought it will be interesting to know more about the mechanism of positive and negative feelings.
I've appreciated the examples to make you understand a point as well as the absence of judgement. It's about facts.
Of course, in reality it's much more subtle but when you read this book, you understand even better that the happiness is in your own way of seeing and dealing with your life. You can increase your change by changing your perspective and taking actions.
I've liked the various topics scanned by the author, from loneliness, friends, mating, sex and work.
An interesting read if you want to comprenhend how to feel good!
About the author
Menelaos Apostolou is an assistant professor for the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Law at the University of Nicosia. His previously published works include Sexual Selection under Parental Choice: The Evolution of Human Behavior. In addition, he has authored more than 50 scientific articles.
*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.
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