Gratitude Might Be the Secret to Happiness


Gratitude is the quality of being thankful. That means being thankful for food, friends, family or anything else. It’s an important quality that may actually make you happier! Saying things like “I’m glad you’re my friend,” or even a simple, sincere, “thank you” go far in helping to improve people’s days. Give it a try and see if you don’t feel a little better too?

Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises below.

The news is a consistent and endless source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it’s doubtless a piece of your daily routine that can’t go ignored.

There are many reasons to read, watch or listen to the news. Understanding the ramifications of recent legislation passed. Listening to recent events and grasping the potential consequences to your country. Or, simply listening to what’s happening in other countries so you can compare them to your own. It’s a staple in our lives and the most reliable way to get information.

That’s why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with current events. We hope our challenging exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, bring these worlds together in a satisfactory and entertaining way.

So that’s all for the introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Quiz Time!

Gratitude Might Be the Secret to Happiness | Definition Match

Definition Match (10 Questions)

Gratitude Might Be the Secret to Happiness | Fill in the Blank

Fill in the Blank (10 Questions)

Gratitude Might Be the Secret to Happiness | True or False

True or False (5 Questions)

And that’s it for today’s English lesson, where you can improve your English with the news and current events. Do you have any comments or special requests for us for the next edition of Learn English with the News? Be sure to leave any feedback you have in the comments section below. We would love to help you on your quest to learn the English language!

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Full text:

A new poll suggests that the secret to happiness may be expressing gratitude.

A random survey of 2,000 Americans examined a potential connection between gratitude and happiness. It showed that 65% of respondents who report that they’re very happy on a daily basis were more likely to give thanks.

One-third of respondents said they “always” express gratitude in their everyday lives. Of those, 62% said they were “very satisfied” with their lives.

When people are proactive about being grateful, it changes their brain to look for positives instead of the negatives. Acknowledging someone has a large impact on making people feel that their everyday efforts make a difference: feeling appreciated improves their quality of life.

One study done at UC Berkeley showed that people who practice gratitude consistently report many benefits, including: Higher levels of positive emotions; more joy and pleasure, more optimism and happiness, being more helpful, generous, compassionate, and forgiving, feeling less lonely and isolated.

English Placement Test- Discover your English level by completing the test


Interested in knowing how well-versed in English grammar you are? Find out your English proficiency level by taking our multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank test.

How the Points Work

The test is scored according to a rating system, with difficult questions awarding more points than easier ones.

There are a possible 121 points across 33 questions. The English proficiency scale is:

A1: 0-12 points. Your English is at an elementary level! It’s necessary to expand your knowledge.
A2: 13-37 points. It’s a struggle to participate in discussions even though you have a fair grasp of the fundamentals.
B1: 38-78 points. You’re speaking at an intermediate level. Although you’ve got a great base, you struggle with challenging words, sentences, and subjects.
B2: 79-102 points. You speak at a less advanced level. You’re an expert at the fundamentals, what’s important, and you communicate clearly. You occasionally struggle with more complicated debates, but can usually get by using straightforward language and fundamental concepts.
C1: 103-115 points. You’re able to carry on conversations with native speakers despite having certain lexical gaps. You generally have excellent grammar.
C2: 116-121 points. You’re fluent in colloquial idioms, proverbs, and intricate grammar structures.

The moment has come to take the test!

English Placement Test

Try out the following English language quiz to test your skills and find out your level!

Obviously, compared to your actual level, this is a very low one. At Scrambled Eggs, before beginning a new course, we invite the students to complete a free oral exam with one of our teachers to determine their actual English proficiency level.

Check out our language blog if you want to learn more. You’ll find lots of English activities to help you learn and improve your language skills. Everything from simple grammar drills to fascinating Ted Talks given by some of the world’s most well-known figures! If videos are your speed, check out our Learn English with the News vlog.

Adjectives to Describe People

Welcome to the Scrambled Eggs blog! Here you can find many different resources with which you can learn English. There are listening exercises, grammar exercises, vocabulary boosters and all kind of interesting articles on a variety of topics! Leaning English should be fun, so we hope you like what you see and hear.

We know learning new vocabulary is always fun, especially when you can use the words to talk about the people you love…and the ones you don’t! This is why we have created the following exercises to help you learn and remember some new adjectives that can be used in a wide variety of situations, for example:

“Hey Tom, why are you late to the meeting?”
“I’m sorry, my neighbour saw me leaving my house this morning and decided to tell me about her new cat. She is very chatty and I couldn’t get away!”

Or you could even talk about the teacher you hated in high school.

“Hey look! Mr. Thomas, your old science teacher is over there.”
“Not Mr. Thomas, he was the worst teacher ever! He was always so uptight and never let us have any fun in class.”

Now it is your turn to practice using these interesting adjectives!

Adjectives Exercise

Fill in the gaps with the words below.


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