The evolution of happiness.

@article{Buss2000TheEO,
  title={The evolution of happiness.},
  author={David M. Buss},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  year={2000},
  volume={55 1},
  pages={
          15-23
        }
}
  • D. Buss
  • Published 2000
  • Biology, Psychology
  • The American psychologist
An evolutionary perspective offers novel insights into some major obstacles to achieving happiness. Impediments include large discrepancies between modern and ancestral environments, the existence of evolved mechanisms "designed" to produce subjective distress, and the fact that evolution by selection has produced competitive mechanisms that function to benefit one person at the expense of others. On the positive side, people also possess evolved mechanisms that produce deep sources of… 

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