Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | TED

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


When people talk about tenements, they are usually referring to old, dirty, and dangerous buildings. These buildings were usually built near the edge of a city, so they could get a lot of people in close proximity.

  • The tenements were built so that the poor could live near the rich.
  • The tenements are a reminder of the city's past.

A bricklayer is someone who is skilled at laying bricks. They need a lot of strength and stamina to work on a bricklaying project.

  • The bricklayer is working on the roof of the building.
  • The bricklayer is putting in new bricks in the wall.

The middle age is the stage of life between the young age and old age. It's a time when people are in the middle of their careers, and they are starting to become more responsible.

  • She's in her midlife now, which is a time of growth and change.
  • He's in his midlife, which is a time of reflection and planning.

An octogenarian is a person who is old enough to have a retirement plan, but who is still alive and kicking. Octogenarians are usually very healthy, and they are often very active.

  • She is an octogenarian and she's still very active.
  • He is an octogenarian and he's still healthy and active.

To bicker is to argue or to fuss with each other. When you bicker, you are usually arguing about small details.

  • They bickered all the way to the store.
  • They bickered about who was going to clean the kitchen.

When people are working together, they are usually called workmates. Workmates can be friends or co-workers, but they are usually working together to achieve a common goal.

  • He was very surprised when he found out that his workmates were also his new friends.
  • She was very surprised when she found out that her workmates were also her new enemies.