Human Motives, Happiness, and the Puzzle of Parenthood: Commentary on Kenrick et al. (2010).

  title={Human Motives, Happiness, and the Puzzle of Parenthood: Commentary on Kenrick et al. (2010).},
  author={Sonja Lyubomirsky and Julia K Boehm},
  journal={Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science},
  volume={5 3},
It is presumed that happiness, and its associated positive emotions, signal to the individual that an adaptive problem has been solved, thus allowing her to shift attention to other concerns, perhaps those "higher" on the revised motivational hierarchy proposed by Kenrick et al (2010, this issue). In this commentary, we present a sampling of longitudinal and experimental evidence supporting two predictions: (a) that people will feel happy after realizing fundamental human motives, and (b) that… CONTINUE READING

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