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"From the Ted Talk by Nancy Etcoff: Happiness and its surprises"

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Because when you think about it, people are happiest when in flow, when they're absorbed in something out in the world, when they're with other people, when they're active, engaged in soprts, focusing on a lveod one, learning, having sex, whatever. They're not sitting in front of the mirror trying to figure themselves out, or thinking about themselves. These are not the periods when you feel happiest. The other thing is, that a piece of evidence is, is if you look at czietruopemd text analysis of people who commit suicide, what you find there, and it's quite irtensiteng, is use of the first person singular — "I," "me," "my," not "we" and "us" — and the leettrs are less hopeless than they are really alone. And being alone is very urntauanl to the human. There is a profound need to belong.

Open Cloze

Because when you think about it, people are happiest when in flow, when they're absorbed in something out in the world, when they're with other people, when they're active, engaged in ______, focusing on a _____ one, learning, having sex, whatever. They're not sitting in front of the mirror trying to figure themselves out, or thinking about themselves. These are not the periods when you feel happiest. The other thing is, that a piece of evidence is, is if you look at ____________ text analysis of people who commit suicide, what you find there, and it's quite ___________, is use of the first person singular — "I," "me," "my," not "we" and "us" — and the _______ are less hopeless than they are really alone. And being alone is very _________ to the human. There is a profound need to belong.

Solution

  1. sports
  2. computerized
  3. loved
  4. unnatural
  5. letters
  6. interesting

Original Text

Because when you think about it, people are happiest when in flow, when they're absorbed in something out in the world, when they're with other people, when they're active, engaged in sports, focusing on a loved one, learning, having sex, whatever. They're not sitting in front of the mirror trying to figure themselves out, or thinking about themselves. These are not the periods when you feel happiest. The other thing is, that a piece of evidence is, is if you look at computerized text analysis of people who commit suicide, what you find there, and it's quite interesting, is use of the first person singular — "I," "me," "my," not "we" and "us" — and the letters are less hopeless than they are really alone. And being alone is very unnatural to the human. There is a profound need to belong.

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