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The Biology of Happiness: 0 (SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research)

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The briefs presents a model for happiness based on current knowledge in evolutionary biology and neurobiology. Briefly, the primary purpose of nervous systems is to direct an animal toward behaviour relevant for survival and procreation. In primitive animals actions are based on reflexes, while in humans the modules directing behaviour engage positive and negative affect (good and bad feelings), and they are swayed by cognitive processes. The reason why evolution opted for this strategy was the improved flexibility in response – i.e., we learn from previous experiences. The human capacity for happiness is an accidental consequence.

An array of brain modules has evolved to care for various pursuits, but recent studies suggest that they converge on shared neural circuits designed to generate positive and negative mood. Happiness can be construed as the net output of the relevant modules. The briefs suggests a strategy for how to avoid having negative feelings (such as anxiety, depression and chronic pain) dominate the mind, and how to exercise positive feelings. In short, the book offers both a deeper understanding of what happiness is about, and a framework for improving well-being.

 

An array of brain modules has evolved to care for various pursuits, but recent studies suggest that they converge on shared neural circuits designed to generate positive and negative mood. Happiness can be construed as the net output of the relevant modules. The book suggests a strategy for how to avoid having negative feelings (such as anxiety, depression and chronic pain) dominate the mind, and how to exercise positive feelings. In short, the book offers both a deeper understanding of what happiness is about, and a framework for improving well-being.

 

Product Specifications

Author
Bjørn Grinde
Binding
Kindle Edition
Edition
2012
EISBN
9789400743939
Format
Kindle eBook
Label
Springer
Languages
  • English Published
Manufacturer
Springer
NumberOfPages
120
ProductGroup
eBooks
ProductTypeName
ABIS_EBOOKS
PublicationDate
2012-03-30
Publisher
Springer
ReleaseDate
2012-03-30
Studio
Springer
Title
The Biology of Happiness: 0 (SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research)
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