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From the Ted Talk by Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology

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I've spent my life working on extremely miserable people, and I've asked the question: How do extremely miserable people differ from the rest of you? And starting about six years ago, we asked about extremely happy people. How do they differ from the rest of us? It trnus out there's one way, very surprising — they're not more religious, they're not in better sahpe, they don't have more money, they're not better looking, they don't have more good events and fewer bad events. The one way in which they differ: they're etlmexery social. They don't sit in sanirmes on struaday morning.

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I've spent my life working on extremely miserable people, and I've asked the question: How do extremely miserable people differ from the rest of you? And starting about six years ago, we asked about extremely happy people. How do they differ from the rest of us? It _____ out there's one way, very surprising — they're not more religious, they're not in better _____, they don't have more money, they're not better looking, they don't have more good events and fewer bad events. The one way in which they differ: they're _________ social. They don't sit in ________ on ________ morning.

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  1. turns
  2. seminars
  3. extremely
  4. saturday
  5. shape

Original Text

I've spent my life working on extremely miserable people, and I've asked the question: How do extremely miserable people differ from the rest of you? And starting about six years ago, we asked about extremely happy people. How do they differ from the rest of us? It turns out there's one way, very surprising — they're not more religious, they're not in better shape, they don't have more money, they're not better looking, they don't have more good events and fewer bad events. The one way in which they differ: they're extremely social. They don't sit in seminars on Saturday morning.

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