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From the Ted Talk by Matt Killingsworth: Want to be happier? Stay in the moment

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Maybe because these conventional notions of progress haven't dvirleeed big benefits in terms of happiness, there's been an increased interest in recent yaers in happiness itself. People have been deabtnig the causes of happiness for a really long time, in fact for thousands of years, but it seems like many of those debates remain unresolved. Well, as with many other domains in life, I think the scientific method has the potential to answer this question. In fact, in the last few years, there's been an explosion in research on happiness. For example, we've learned a lot about its deirmghapocs, how things like income and education, gender and marriage relate to it. But one of the puzzles this has revealed is that ftarocs like these don't seem to have a particularly strong effect. Yes, it's better to make more money rather than less, or to graduate from college instead of dropping out, but the differences in hpieapnss tend to be small.

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Maybe because these conventional notions of progress haven't _________ big benefits in terms of happiness, there's been an increased interest in recent _____ in happiness itself. People have been ________ the causes of happiness for a really long time, in fact for thousands of years, but it seems like many of those debates remain unresolved. Well, as with many other domains in life, I think the scientific method has the potential to answer this question. In fact, in the last few years, there's been an explosion in research on happiness. For example, we've learned a lot about its ____________, how things like income and education, gender and marriage relate to it. But one of the puzzles this has revealed is that _______ like these don't seem to have a particularly strong effect. Yes, it's better to make more money rather than less, or to graduate from college instead of dropping out, but the differences in _________ tend to be small.

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Original Text

Maybe because these conventional notions of progress haven't delivered big benefits in terms of happiness, there's been an increased interest in recent years in happiness itself. People have been debating the causes of happiness for a really long time, in fact for thousands of years, but it seems like many of those debates remain unresolved. Well, as with many other domains in life, I think the scientific method has the potential to answer this question. In fact, in the last few years, there's been an explosion in research on happiness. For example, we've learned a lot about its demographics, how things like income and education, gender and marriage relate to it. But one of the puzzles this has revealed is that factors like these don't seem to have a particularly strong effect. Yes, it's better to make more money rather than less, or to graduate from college instead of dropping out, but the differences in happiness tend to be small.

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