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

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We wanted to see if this holds true everywhere in the wlrod or just among wealthy countries. So we went to Uganda and ran a very similar experiment. Imagine, instead of just people in Canada, we say, "Name the last time you spent money on yourself or others. Describe it. How happy did it make you?" Or in udnaga, "Name the last time you spent money on yourself or others and describe that." Then we asked them how hpapy they are, again. And what we see is sort of aznaimg, because there's human universals on what you do with your money, and real cultural deffeenrcis on what you do as well. So for example, one guy from Uganda says this: "I called a girl I wished to love." They basically went out on a date, and he says at the end that he didn't "achieve" her up till now.

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We wanted to see if this holds true everywhere in the _____ or just among wealthy countries. So we went to Uganda and ran a very similar experiment. Imagine, instead of just people in Canada, we say, "Name the last time you spent money on yourself or others. Describe it. How happy did it make you?" Or in ______, "Name the last time you spent money on yourself or others and describe that." Then we asked them how _____ they are, again. And what we see is sort of _______, because there's human universals on what you do with your money, and real cultural ___________ on what you do as well. So for example, one guy from Uganda says this: "I called a girl I wished to love." They basically went out on a date, and he says at the end that he didn't "achieve" her up till now.

Solution

  1. differences
  2. happy
  3. uganda
  4. world
  5. amazing

Original Text

We wanted to see if this holds true everywhere in the world or just among wealthy countries. So we went to Uganda and ran a very similar experiment. Imagine, instead of just people in Canada, we say, "Name the last time you spent money on yourself or others. Describe it. How happy did it make you?" Or in Uganda, "Name the last time you spent money on yourself or others and describe that." Then we asked them how happy they are, again. And what we see is sort of amazing, because there's human universals on what you do with your money, and real cultural differences on what you do as well. So for example, one guy from Uganda says this: "I called a girl I wished to love." They basically went out on a date, and he says at the end that he didn't "achieve" her up till now.

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