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From the Ted Talk by Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

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Once we had followed our men all the way into their 80s, we wanted to look back at them at midlife and to see if we could predict who was going to grow into a happy, htehaly octogenarian and who wasn't. And when we gathered together everything we knew about them at age 50, it wasn't their middle age cltoeeohrsl levels that predicted how they were going to grow old. It was how satisfied they were in their relationships. The people who were the most satisfied in their relhontiispas at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80. And good, close relationships seem to buffer us from some of the slings and arrows of getting old. Our most happily pretraned men and women reported, in their 80s, that on the days when they had more psyichal pain, their mood stayed just as happy. But the people who were in unhappy relationships, on the days when they reported more physical pain, it was mfnigiaed by more etoianmol pain.

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Once we had followed our men all the way into their 80s, we wanted to look back at them at midlife and to see if we could predict who was going to grow into a happy, _______ octogenarian and who wasn't. And when we gathered together everything we knew about them at age 50, it wasn't their middle age ___________ levels that predicted how they were going to grow old. It was how satisfied they were in their relationships. The people who were the most satisfied in their _____________ at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80. And good, close relationships seem to buffer us from some of the slings and arrows of getting old. Our most happily _________ men and women reported, in their 80s, that on the days when they had more ________ pain, their mood stayed just as happy. But the people who were in unhappy relationships, on the days when they reported more physical pain, it was _________ by more _________ pain.

Solution

  1. healthy
  2. physical
  3. magnified
  4. partnered
  5. emotional
  6. cholesterol
  7. relationships

Original Text

Once we had followed our men all the way into their 80s, we wanted to look back at them at midlife and to see if we could predict who was going to grow into a happy, healthy octogenarian and who wasn't. And when we gathered together everything we knew about them at age 50, it wasn't their middle age cholesterol levels that predicted how they were going to grow old. It was how satisfied they were in their relationships. The people who were the most satisfied in their relationships at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80. And good, close relationships seem to buffer us from some of the slings and arrows of getting old. Our most happily partnered men and women reported, in their 80s, that on the days when they had more physical pain, their mood stayed just as happy. But the people who were in unhappy relationships, on the days when they reported more physical pain, it was magnified by more emotional pain.

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