Listen again and insert suitable words into the gaps
A new health report says that having good friends __ ___ ___ ___ helps you live longer. The report also says that having ____ ______ may be more important than having close ______ ____. Researchers interviewed 1,500 Australians over the age of 70 about their social and family ties. The results _______ ____ people with close friendships were 22 per cent more likely to live longer. The researchers said this is because of the ________ ______ on the body of social activity and recreation.
The researchers ________ ____ from an Australian study, which began in 1992. The 10-year-long study ________ ___ behavioral, economic, environmental and social factors ________ ___ _____ of 70-year-olds. The senior citizens were monitored annually for four years and then at ____-______ _________. The team found that those with the strongest network of friends were ____ ______ __ die by the end of the ten-year period. This was true even when the senior citizen ____ __ _____. The message is to _____ __ ______ if you want to live longer.
Express your opinion answering the following questions.
1. Do you agree with the study that friends are more important than family to help you live longer?
2. Would you rather be surrounded by friends or family at 70?
3. Do you think friendships between 70-year-olds are stronger than those between younger friends?
4. Do the old people you know have wonderful friendships?
5. What activities do you think you’ll be doing in your seventies?
Section 1 Warming-up
1.1It’s only natural that sometimes even best friends argue and even quarrel. Conflicts are unavoidable in close relationships. Can you behave in the right way in the conflict situations? Do the quiz and check.
1. You get barged by someone in the queue, how do you respond?
a) I let it go
2. Someone steps on your trainers, what do you do?
3. Someone comes into your room without asking, what do you do?
a) Leave it and don’t complain
4. A police officer stops and searches you. What do you do?
a) Provide the information required and feel irritated but don’t say anything
5. Someone eats your food. What do you do?
a) Go hungry in silence
6. You hear your mate has been talking about you behind your back. What do you do?
a) I feel upset but continue as usual
7. You believe your teacher has marked you down. What do you do?
a) Accept the grade and feel upset
8. There is someone playing their music too loud on the bus. What do you do?
a) Leave it, it’s not a big deal
9. Two of your friends have a big argument and it has started to become physical – what do you do?
a) Nothing. Avoid it. Walk away
10. You hear that your friend is going to go fight – what do you do?
a) Worry quietly to youself and remain absent
If you answered mostly a) you are the silent one.
If you answered mostly b) you are the sorter.
intruder - a person who enters a building, grounds, etc., without permission
mouth off - to give an opinion, speak emotionally or complain, often without much care or consideration
spread the word – to tell a lot of people about smth
assertive - confident and direct in claiming one's rights or putting forward one's views
have a go hero – a person who intervenes, often at personal risk, to stop a troublemaker, hooligan, a criminal
out of your depth - you're in a situation that you don't have the experience to handle, or the knowledge to understand.
Do you agree with the description you’ve read about yourself? What don’t you like about your behavior in a conflict? What would you like to change?