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From the Ted Talk by Ingrid Fetell Lee: Where joy hides and how to find it

Unscramble the Blue Letters

But I still neeedd to know: What is it about these things that makes them so joyful? I had pictures of them up on my sdiuto wall, and every day, I would come in and try to make sense of it. And then one day, something just clicked. I saw all these patterns: round things ... pops of bright cloor ... symmetrical shapes ... a ssene of abundance and multiplicity ... a feeling of lhegntiss or elevation. When I saw it this way, I realized that though the felenig of joy is mtresuioys and elusive, we can access it through tangible, phscayil attributes, or what designers call aesthetics, a word that comes from the same root as the Greek word "aísthomai," which means, "I feel," "I sense," "I perceive." And since these patterns were telling me that joy begins with the senses, I bgean calling them "Aesthetics of Joy"; the sensations of joy. And in the wake of this discovery, I noticed something that as I walked around, I began spotting little moments of joy everywhere I went — a vanitge yellow car or a clever piece of street art. It was like I had a pair of rose-colored glasses, and now that I knew what to look for, I was seeing it everywhere. It was like these little moments of joy were hidden in pilan sight.

Open Cloze

But I still ______ to know: What is it about these things that makes them so joyful? I had pictures of them up on my ______ wall, and every day, I would come in and try to make sense of it. And then one day, something just clicked. I saw all these patterns: round things ... pops of bright _____ ... symmetrical shapes ... a _____ of abundance and multiplicity ... a feeling of _________ or elevation. When I saw it this way, I realized that though the _______ of joy is __________ and elusive, we can access it through tangible, ________ attributes, or what designers call aesthetics, a word that comes from the same root as the Greek word "aísthomai," which means, "I feel," "I sense," "I perceive." And since these patterns were telling me that joy begins with the senses, I _____ calling them "Aesthetics of Joy"; the sensations of joy. And in the wake of this discovery, I noticed something that as I walked around, I began spotting little moments of joy everywhere I went — a _______ yellow car or a clever piece of street art. It was like I had a pair of rose-colored glasses, and now that I knew what to look for, I was seeing it everywhere. It was like these little moments of joy were hidden in _____ sight.

Solution

  1. mysterious
  2. began
  3. physical
  4. studio
  5. feeling
  6. lightness
  7. needed
  8. plain
  9. color
  10. sense
  11. vintage

Original Text

But I still needed to know: What is it about these things that makes them so joyful? I had pictures of them up on my studio wall, and every day, I would come in and try to make sense of it. And then one day, something just clicked. I saw all these patterns: round things ... pops of bright color ... symmetrical shapes ... a sense of abundance and multiplicity ... a feeling of lightness or elevation. When I saw it this way, I realized that though the feeling of joy is mysterious and elusive, we can access it through tangible, physical attributes, or what designers call aesthetics, a word that comes from the same root as the Greek word "aísthomai," which means, "I feel," "I sense," "I perceive." And since these patterns were telling me that joy begins with the senses, I began calling them "Aesthetics of Joy"; the sensations of joy. And in the wake of this discovery, I noticed something that as I walked around, I began spotting little moments of joy everywhere I went — a vintage yellow car or a clever piece of street art. It was like I had a pair of rose-colored glasses, and now that I knew what to look for, I was seeing it everywhere. It was like these little moments of joy were hidden in plain sight.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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