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25. Less stuff, more happiness
Graham Hill
<5:49>   March 2011

 

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≪Questions:Less stuff, more happiness≫

1. According to the speaker, how much more space do Americans have compared to the amount of space they had 50 years ago?

 

 

2. In the USA, a 22-billion-dollar industry has recently developed. What kind of business is it?

 




3. The speaker mentioned some problems that would be caused by increasing the amount of space we use. Which problem was not mentioned?

(a) large credit card debt
(b)huge environmental footprints (producing more CO2)
(c) less time to spend with your loved ones
(d) no increase in happiness

 

4. Why does the speaker think having less might equal more?

(a) Because we may have a little more freedom and a little more time.
(b) Because we may become kind to other people.
(c) Because it will be easier for us to move from one place to another.
(d) Because we will learn to be satisfied with what we already have.

 

5. How can we “live little?” Fill in the blanks.

a. Edit (1)                               

I. Clear the arteries of our lives.

If we have a shirt we haven’t

worn in years, we should let it

(2)                        .

II. Learn to (3)                               the inflow: 

   (4)                         before we buy. 

          (a) Ask ourselves,

               “Is that really going to

                make me

               (5)                               ?”

          (b) We should buy something

                that we will love for

               (6)                                    .

                Not just stuff.

 

b. Small is (7)                               

I. We should design our room for

   how it is used most of the time,

    not for (8)                        events. 

   (a) Buy things which we can

          stack  and

         (9)________________ .
            (We can make paperwork,

            books, and movies

           disappear.)




C. Buy multifunctional spaces and housewares

(e.g.) a sink combined with a

         (10)                                  /

          a dining table that

          becomes a (11)              .

   

6. At the end of the speech, what does the speaker suggest?

(a) We should live in 420 sq. ft. 
(b) We should ask ourselves what we can do to make a little more freedom and time.
(c) We should get a box and put the things that we really need in it.
(d) We should occasionally stay at a hotel to make ourselves happier.

 




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≪Answers:What would happen if you diidn’t drink water?≫

1. According to the speaker, how much more space do Americans have compared to the amount of space they had 50 years ago?
3 times

 

2. In the USA, a 22-billion-dollar industry has recently developed. What kind of business is it?
personal storage

 

3. The speaker mentioned some problems that would be caused by increasing the amount of space we use. Which problem was not mentioned?

(a) large credit card debt
(b)huge environmental footprints (producing more CO2)
(c) less time to spend with your loved ones
(d) no increase in happiness




4. Why does the speaker think having less might equal more?

(a) Because we may have a little more freedom and a little more time.
(b) Because we may become kind to other people.
(c) Because it will be easier for us to move from one place to another.
(d) Because we will learn to be satisfied with what we already have.

 

5. How can we “live little?” Fill in the blanks.

a. Edit (1)     ruthlessly     

I. Clear the arteries of our lives.

       If we have a shirt we haven’t

       worn in years,

       we should let it (2)        go        .

II. Learn to (3)   stem    the inflow: 

        (4)   Think     before we buy. 

          (a) Ask ourselves, “Is that really going to

                make me (5)    happier   ?”

          (b) We should buy something

                that we will love for (6)   years   .

                Not just stuff.

 

b. Small is (7)    sexy      

I. We should design our room for

    how it is used most of the time,

    not for (8)        rare         events. 

       (a) Buy things which we can

             stack and

            (9)   digitize  .
            (We can make paperwork,

             books, and

             movies disappear.)

 

C. Buy multifunctional spaces and housewares

(e.g.) a sink combined with a

         (10)        toilet         /

          a dining table that

          becomes a (11)        bed        .

   

6. At the end of the speech, what does the speaker suggest?

(a) We should live in 420 sq. ft. 
(b) We should ask ourselves what we can do to make a little more freedom and time.
(c) We should get a box and put the things that we really need in it.
(d) We should occasionally stay at a hotel to make ourselves happier.

 

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