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

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Eventually, I decided to go to graduate school for positive pyslhocogy to leran what truly makes people happy. But what I discovered there cgahned my life. The data showed that chainsg happiness can make people unhappy. And what really struck me was this: the siducie rate has been rising around the world, and it recently reached a 30-year high in America. Even though life is getting objectively better by nearly every caebclnovie standard, more people feel hopeless, depressed and alone. There's an emptiness gnawing away at people, and you don't have to be clcillainy depressed to feel it. Sooner or later, I think we all wonder: Is this all there is? And according to the rrceseah, what predicts this despair is not a lack of happiness. It's a lack of something else, a lack of having meaning in life.

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Eventually, I decided to go to graduate school for positive __________ to _____ what truly makes people happy. But what I discovered there _______ my life. The data showed that _______ happiness can make people unhappy. And what really struck me was this: the _______ rate has been rising around the world, and it recently reached a 30-year high in America. Even though life is getting objectively better by nearly every ___________ standard, more people feel hopeless, depressed and alone. There's an emptiness gnawing away at people, and you don't have to be __________ depressed to feel it. Sooner or later, I think we all wonder: Is this all there is? And according to the ________, what predicts this despair is not a lack of happiness. It's a lack of something else, a lack of having meaning in life.

Solution

  1. learn
  2. psychology
  3. chasing
  4. clinically
  5. conceivable
  6. changed
  7. research
  8. suicide

Original Text

Eventually, I decided to go to graduate school for positive psychology to learn what truly makes people happy. But what I discovered there changed my life. The data showed that chasing happiness can make people unhappy. And what really struck me was this: the suicide rate has been rising around the world, and it recently reached a 30-year high in America. Even though life is getting objectively better by nearly every conceivable standard, more people feel hopeless, depressed and alone. There's an emptiness gnawing away at people, and you don't have to be clinically depressed to feel it. Sooner or later, I think we all wonder: Is this all there is? And according to the research, what predicts this despair is not a lack of happiness. It's a lack of something else, a lack of having meaning in life.

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