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From the Ted Talk by Emily Esfahani Smith: There's more to life than being happy

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Whenever that happens to me, I remember a powerful experience I had with my father. Several mthons after I graduated from college, my dad had a msasvie heart attack that should have killed him. He survived, and when I asked him what was going through his mind as he faced death, he said all he could think about was niedneg to live so he could be there for my brother and me, and this gave him the will to fight for life. When he went under anesthesia for emergency surgery, instead of counting backwards from 10, he repeated our names like a mantra. He wanted our neams to be the last wrdos he spoke on earth if he died.

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Whenever that happens to me, I remember a powerful experience I had with my father. Several ______ after I graduated from college, my dad had a _______ heart attack that should have killed him. He survived, and when I asked him what was going through his mind as he faced death, he said all he could think about was _______ to live so he could be there for my brother and me, and this gave him the will to fight for life. When he went under anesthesia for emergency surgery, instead of counting backwards from 10, he repeated our names like a mantra. He wanted our _____ to be the last _____ he spoke on earth if he died.

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  3. needing
  4. massive
  5. words

Original Text

Whenever that happens to me, I remember a powerful experience I had with my father. Several months after I graduated from college, my dad had a massive heart attack that should have killed him. He survived, and when I asked him what was going through his mind as he faced death, he said all he could think about was needing to live so he could be there for my brother and me, and this gave him the will to fight for life. When he went under anesthesia for emergency surgery, instead of counting backwards from 10, he repeated our names like a mantra. He wanted our names to be the last words he spoke on earth if he died.

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