psychology of happiness; error management theory; evolutionary psychology; satisfaction with life; positive psychology
Chowanna, 2013, t. 1, s. 197-215
The topic of the article is evolutionary reflection on human sense of happiness,
its causes and determinants. According to evolutionary foundations, emotional and cognitive
processes connected with feeling of psychological well‑being
represent the symptom
of functioning of psychic mechanisms developed in response to environmental problems
of adaptation. Based on this thesis we present explanations of such phenomena as positive
and negative emotionality, commonness of optimistic attitude and general positive
inclination and influence of contemporary environmental conditions on our sense of happiness.
The last part of the article treats shows some ways of practical employment of
evolutionary knowledge to develop human well‑being.