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Positive Evolutionary Psychology: Darwin's Guide to Living a Richer Life

Glenn Geher and Nicole Wedberg


Positive evolutionary psychology is essentially the use of evolutionary psychological principles and research to help advance the goals associated with positive psychology. Positive psychologists focus on ways that we can advance the lives of individuals and communities by focusing on factors that increase positive outcomes such as life satisfaction and happiness. Evolutionary psychology uses the principles of evolution, based on Darwin’s understanding of life, to help shed light on any and all kinds of psychological phenomena. Positive evolutionary psychology, thus, is the use of Darwin’s big ... More

Keywords: positive psychology, evolutionary psychology, positive evolutionary psychology, love, gratitude, resilience, community, community psychology, political psychology, altruism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190647124
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190647124.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Glenn Geher, author
Chair and Professor of Psychology, Founding Director of Evolutionary Studies, State University of New York at New Paltz

Nicole Wedberg, author
Graduate student, Department of Evolutionary Studies, State University of New York at New Paltz