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From the Ted Talk by Laura Carstensen: Older people are happier

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Now social scientists call this the paradox of aging. I mean, after all, aging is not a piece of cake. So we've asked all sorts of qusteonis to see if we could undo this finding. We've asked whether it may be that the current greonainets of older people are and always have been the greatest generations. That is that younger people tdaoy may not typically experience these improvements as they grow older. We've akesd, well, maybe older people are just trying to put a positive spin on an otherwise depressing eecitnsxe.

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Now social scientists call this the paradox of aging. I mean, after all, aging is not a piece of cake. So we've asked all sorts of _________ to see if we could undo this finding. We've asked whether it may be that the current ___________ of older people are and always have been the greatest generations. That is that younger people _____ may not typically experience these improvements as they grow older. We've _____, well, maybe older people are just trying to put a positive spin on an otherwise depressing _________.

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  3. existence
  4. today
  5. generations

Original Text

Now social scientists call this the paradox of aging. I mean, after all, aging is not a piece of cake. So we've asked all sorts of questions to see if we could undo this finding. We've asked whether it may be that the current generations of older people are and always have been the greatest generations. That is that younger people today may not typically experience these improvements as they grow older. We've asked, well, maybe older people are just trying to put a positive spin on an otherwise depressing existence.

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