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DON`T WORRY, BE HAPPY



Read the excerpt and quotes below and fill the gaps with ONE suitable word .

1. "The man who makes everything that leads to ............................... depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom." Plato

2. "................................... is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi

3. "True .......................................... is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

4. " ............................................ is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder..." - Henry David Thoreau

5. "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of ......................................... ."

Key: happiness

 

  1. Can you recognize the last (5th) text?
  2. Match the words from the text with their definitions:

1. to dissolve -

2. a band -

3. to assume -

4. station -

5. to entitle

6. decent -

7. to impel -

8. to be endowed with -

9. unalienable -

 

a. to give sb the official right to do or have sth

b. not to be separated, given away, or taken away

c. of a good enough standard or quality; following moral standards that are acceptable to the society

d. to formally end; to gradually become smaller or weaker before disappearing

e. to naturally have a good feature or quality

f. a thin strip of flexible material used to encircle and bind one object or to hold a number of objects together

g. position

h. to think that sth is true

i. to urge or force (a person) to an action

Key1.the Declaration of Independence signed on July 4, 1776 by thirteen American colonies

Key2: 1d,2f,3h,4g,5a,6c,7i,8e,9b

 

THERE ARE A FEW SYNONIMOUS EXPRESSIONS CONNECTED WITH THE WORD HAPPINESS

contentment - a quietly happy and satisfied feeling

joy - a word used especially in literature meaning a great feeling of happiness, often about sth good that has happened

delight - great happiness and excitement

bliss - a feeling of very deep happiness and extreme pleasure

euphoria - an extremely strong feeling of happiness and excitement that lasts a short time

elation - a strong feeling of happiness, excitement and pride

 

FILL THE GAPS WITH THE WORDS ABOVE:

1. The simple routines of life brought him great ...................................................

2. Drugs give you a feeling of ................................................... that makes you think you can do anything, even fly.

3. She closed her eyes in ......................................... as the beautiful music played.

4. The prospect of seeing his brother again filled him with .................................

5. To my great ....................................... I was presented with the prize for the best actress.

Key: 1contentment,2euphoria,3bliss,4joy,5delight

 

If you are interested in philosophy read the summary of Epicurus philosophy of happiness.

For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain a happy, tranquil life, characterized by peace, freedom from fear, the absence of pain, and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. A life is happy when you live everything in the right degree. Everyone should know his point of enough. "Whom is enough too little, nothing is enough.[ Johannes Mewaldt: Epikur. Philosophie der Freude. Stuttgart 1973, page 71]

Epicurus taught positive thinking. A life will be happy when we constantly train positive thinking. Epicurus called it "philosophize." A person should philosophize every day. One should think about the meaning of life and reflect again and again to his positive goals. One should avoid it, to worry too much.

The inner happiness comes from inner peace. When a person calms down, inner happiness appears. Epicurus recommended it to live in inner peace, "Then you live like a God (Buddha) among your unwise fellow men,[Johannes Mewaldt, ibid, page 48] which an Epicurean also helps on the way: "The friendship dances around the globe, all of us announcing that we shall awaken to bliss."[Johannes Mewaldt, ibid, page 70]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_happiness

 

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