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From the Ted Talk by Rufus Griscom + Alisa Volkman: Let's talk parenting taboos

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So taobo number four: you can't say that your average happiness has declined since having a child. The party line is that every single aspect of my life has just gotten dramatically better ever since I ppcrietiaatd in the miracle that is ctrbhildih and fmlaiy. I'll never forget, I remember vividly to this day, our first son, Declan, was nine months old, and I was sitting there on the ccuoh, and I was reading Daniel Gilbert's wonderful book, "Stumbling on Happiness." And I got about two-thirds of the way through, and there was a carht on the right-hand side — on the right-hand page — that we've labeled here "The Most Terrifying Chart Imaginable for a New Parent." This chart is comprised of four completely independent studies. bacslilay, there's this piceuioptrs drop of marital satisfaction, which is closely aligned, we all know, with brodear happiness, that doesn't rise again until your first child goes to college. So I'm sitting here looking at the next two decades of my life, this cashm of happiness that we're driving our proverbial convertible straight into. We were despondent.

Open Cloze

So _____ number four: you can't say that your average happiness has declined since having a child. The party line is that every single aspect of my life has just gotten dramatically better ever since I ____________ in the miracle that is __________ and ______. I'll never forget, I remember vividly to this day, our first son, Declan, was nine months old, and I was sitting there on the _____, and I was reading Daniel Gilbert's wonderful book, "Stumbling on Happiness." And I got about two-thirds of the way through, and there was a _____ on the right-hand side — on the right-hand page — that we've labeled here "The Most Terrifying Chart Imaginable for a New Parent." This chart is comprised of four completely independent studies. _________, there's this ___________ drop of marital satisfaction, which is closely aligned, we all know, with _______ happiness, that doesn't rise again until your first child goes to college. So I'm sitting here looking at the next two decades of my life, this _____ of happiness that we're driving our proverbial convertible straight into. We were despondent.

Solution

  1. family
  2. participated
  3. couch
  4. chart
  5. broader
  6. precipitous
  7. basically
  8. childbirth
  9. chasm
  10. taboo

Original Text

So taboo number four: you can't say that your average happiness has declined since having a child. The party line is that every single aspect of my life has just gotten dramatically better ever since I participated in the miracle that is childbirth and family. I'll never forget, I remember vividly to this day, our first son, Declan, was nine months old, and I was sitting there on the couch, and I was reading Daniel Gilbert's wonderful book, "Stumbling on Happiness." And I got about two-thirds of the way through, and there was a chart on the right-hand side — on the right-hand page — that we've labeled here "The Most Terrifying Chart Imaginable for a New Parent." This chart is comprised of four completely independent studies. Basically, there's this precipitous drop of marital satisfaction, which is closely aligned, we all know, with broader happiness, that doesn't rise again until your first child goes to college. So I'm sitting here looking at the next two decades of my life, this chasm of happiness that we're driving our proverbial convertible straight into. We were despondent.

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