Title

The Evolution of Happiness

Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Thesis

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Psychology

Degree Name

Bachelor of Art in Psychology

Honors Thesis Director

Heidar Modaresi

Honors Thesis Reader 1

Kathy Lyon

Honors Thesis Reader 2

Jeffrey Sinn

Abstract

This literature review analyzes David Buss' evolutionary theory of emotions, which addresses some possible hindrances to positive emotions in today's society. The social function of emotions, sustained happiness, and competition will be looked at in comparison to Buss' article. Buss' theory will then be analyzed to the extent it applies to the human condition today. This review is not exhaustive but merely a brief analysis.

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