IONS Library

Publications Books

Born To Be Good

Born To Be Good

The Science of a Meaningful Life

by Dacher Keltner

A new examination of the surprising origins of human goodness. In Born to Be Good, Dacher Keltner demonstrates that humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are "nasty, brutish, and short"—we are in fact born to be good. He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: why have we evolved positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and are the fabric of cooperative societies?

By combining stories of scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy, Keltner illustrates his discussions with more than fifty photographs of human emotions. Born to Be Good is a profound study of how emotion is the key to living the good life and how the path to happiness goes through human emotions that connect people to one another.


Publication Date:
January 12, 2009
Publisher:
W.W. Norton
Length:
352 pages
ISBN 10:
039306512X
ISBN 13:
978-0393065121
  • Bookmark and Share

Stay in touch with IONS