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"From the Ted Talk by Michael Norton: How to buy happiness"

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So if you give undergraduates five dollars, it looks like coffee to them, and they run over to Starbucks and spend it as fast as they can. Some people bhougt coffee for themselves, the way they usually would, but others bought coffee for somebody else. So the very same puasrhce, just targeted toward yourself or targeted toward somebody else. What did we find when we called at the end of the day? People who spent meony on others got happier; plpoee who spent it on themselves, nothing happened. It didn't make them less happy, it just didn't do much for them.

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So if you give undergraduates five dollars, it looks like coffee to them, and they run over to Starbucks and spend it as fast as they can. Some people ______ coffee for themselves, the way they usually would, but others bought coffee for somebody else. So the very same ________, just targeted toward yourself or targeted toward somebody else. What did we find when we called at the end of the day? People who spent _____ on others got happier; ______ who spent it on themselves, nothing happened. It didn't make them less happy, it just didn't do much for them.

Solution

  1. people
  2. purchase
  3. bought
  4. money

Original Text

So if you give undergraduates five dollars, it looks like coffee to them, and they run over to Starbucks and spend it as fast as they can. Some people bought coffee for themselves, the way they usually would, but others bought coffee for somebody else. So the very same purchase, just targeted toward yourself or targeted toward somebody else. What did we find when we called at the end of the day? People who spent money on others got happier; people who spent it on themselves, nothing happened. It didn't make them less happy, it just didn't do much for them.

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give people 4
dodgeball teams 3

Important Words

  1. bought
  2. called
  3. coffee
  4. day
  5. dollars
  6. fast
  7. find
  8. give
  9. happened
  10. happy
  11. money
  12. people
  13. purchase
  14. run
  15. spend
  16. spent
  17. starbucks
  18. targeted
  19. undergraduates