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

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So if you give udtunearadergs 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 tegtaerd toward somebody else. What did we find when we called at the end of the day? People who spent money on others got happier; popele who spent it on themselves, nothing happened. It didn't make them less hpapy, it just didn't do much for them.

Open Cloze

So if you give ______________ 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 ________ toward somebody else. What did we find when we called at the end of the day? People who spent money on others got happier; ______ who spent it on themselves, nothing happened. It didn't make them less _____, it just didn't do much for them.

Solution

  1. happy
  2. targeted
  3. undergraduates
  4. people

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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Important Words

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  10. happy
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  12. people
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  14. run
  15. spend
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  17. starbucks
  18. targeted
  19. undergraduates