Evolutionary Psychological Science

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 86–88 | Cite as

How to Live a Life with More Positive Than Negative Feelings? A Review of Menelaos Apostolou, Feeling Good: An Evolutionary Perspective on Life Choices

Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2016, 227 pp., US$28.95, ISBN 978–1412863339
  • Farid Pazhoohi
  • Joana Arantes
Book Review

Decision-making is the cognitive process of choosing a preferred option from among a set of options (Wilson and Keil 2001). Decision-making is present through every aspect of life, and making good decisions for every important occasion during lifetime is a human being’s constant endeavor (Garnham 2016). Historically, religion and philosophy have been the only domains not only acting as gateways for explaining the meaning of life (McGhee 1992) but also acting as guidelines for facilitating and directing human important decisions during lifetime.

Darwinian evolution by natural selection is regarded as another gateway capable of explaining the existence and meaning of life (Dawkins 1986). Menelaos Apostolou, Assistant Professor at the University of Nicosia, in his book, Feeling Good: An Evolutionary Perspective on Life Choices, explores human decision-making from the perspective of Darwinian evolutionary science by addressing the question of how to live a life characterized by more...


Mate Choice Negative Feeling Evolutionary Perspective Positive Feeling Premature Ejaculation 
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FP receives funding from FCT Portugal through grant PD/BD/114366/2016, and JA receives funding from FCT Portugal through grants PTDC/MHC-PCN/4589/2012 and IF/01298/2014.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Human Cognition Laboratory, Department of Basic Psychology, School of PsychologyUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal

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