Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life by Dacher Keltner

By Dacher Keltner

During this startling learn of human emotion, Dacher Keltner investigates an unanswered query of human evolution: If people are hardwired to steer lives which are “nasty, brutish, and short,” why have we developed with optimistic feelings like gratitude, leisure, awe, and compassion that advertise moral motion and cooperative societies? Illustrated with greater than fifty images of human feelings, Born to Be Good takes us on a trip via clinical discovery, own narrative, and japanese philosophy. confident feelings, Keltner reveals, lie on the middle of human nature and form our daily behavior—and they simply could be the key to knowing how we will be able to reside our lives larger.

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The chain lay there so long that Hans felt sorry for it, and wondered if it did not get lonely. He got lonely often himself, for there was nobody to play with him at his own home, and his aunt did not encourage him to play with other children. She liked a quiet house, she said, and she supposed that everybody else did. Hans made no more noise than a mouse. He stayed a great deal in the stable with the cows. The cows and he were good friends. One of them, the oldest of all, had given milk for him when he was a baby, and he never forgot to carry her a handful of salt at milking time.

Mother-bird sat upon them day and night; and even when father-bird would say, "You really must fly about a little and let me take care of the eggs," she did not like to leave them. After a while two little birds came out of the shells,—which was just what she had been hoping for all the long time. The baby-birds were both so weak and small that they could do nothing at all for themselves but open their mouths very wide and call "Peep, peep! " Mother-bird and father-bird were busy all day getting them something to eat.

The crooked path was full of flowers as far as the little boy could see—which was notf ar, you know. They hung in great clusters from the tangled vines that twined around the trees that bent their branches over the crooked path; and they looked so bright and smelled so sweet that the little boy thought he must go that way. He could not run along the crooked path, for it twisted and turned so that he could not see straight ahead of him; and the branches of the trees hung down so low that he could not stand straight, but had to go bending and creeping under them till his back was tired.

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