Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone
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Man & Society

CEF B1

CEFR B1

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  • What does it mean to do something outside your comfort zone?
  • What’s the most daring/brave thing you have ever done?
  • What can stop people from pursuing their dreams or passions?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 0:49 How did Yubing feel when she was standing on the bungee jump platform?
  • ⌚ 1:21 What motivated her to jump?
  • ⌚ 1:36 What did she think while she was free falling?
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  • ⌚ 2:08 What does she say to herself when she is feeling insecure or afraid?
  • ⌚ 2:45 Who is Chia and what was she struggling with?
  • ⌚ 3:02 What stopped Chia from changing her situation?
  • ⌚ 3:15 What did Yubing do to help Chia and other girls like her?
  • ⌚ 3:26 How did it help Chia change her life?
  • ⌚ 4:04 What does Chia’s story teach us?
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  • ⌚ 4:15 What is the second story about?
  • ⌚ 4:27 How did Jung feel about his life and job?
  • ⌚ 4:35 What was stopping him from pursuing his passion?
  • ⌚ 5:26 How did Jung’s life change and how does he feel about it?
  • ⌚ 5:54 What does his story teach us?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 6:07 What is the theme of the last story?
  • ⌚ 6:23 How do Asians feel about expressing emotions?
  • ⌚ 6:44 What is the origin of the word ‘courage’ and what does it mean?
  • ⌚ 7:24 Why was there a huge emotional gap between her and her parents?
  • ⌚ 8:29 What led to Yubing’s call to her mom and how did this conversation go?
  • ⌚ 8:52 How does she see life?
  • ⌚ 9:11 What does she challenge us to do?
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DISCUSSION

  • Have you ever tried bungee jumping? Is this something you would like to do?
  • How can fear stop us from doing the right thing?
  • What does the phrase: “It’s never as scary as it looks” mean to you?
  • How do you feel about your career? Would you rather be doing something else?
  • Why do people stick to jobs they hate?
  • How easy is it for you to express your emotions?
  • How can we cultivate a healthy relationship with our parents?
  • Is “life a constant battle with our comfort zone” like Yubing says?
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Which Yubing's story resonates with you the most?

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Does life really begin outside out comfort zones? Have you ever experiences anything similar to Yubing’s stories? How do you feel about this phrase: “It’s never as scary as it looks.”?

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Don’t chase happiness. Become antifragile.

Don’t chase happiness. Become antifragile.

Don’t chase happiness. Become antifragile.
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  • How important is the pursuit of happiness for you?
  • What can tough times teach us? Is there any advantage in going through hardships?
  • How can we become more resilient to painful emotions and events?
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  • ⌚ 0:09 What two kinds of people do not experience emotions?
  • ⌚ 0:19 What false expectation do many people have in relation to happiness?
  • ⌚ 0:26 What do we need to learn to do with painful emotions?
  • ⌚ 1:12 What is Resilience 1.0 system about?
  • ⌚ 1:23 How is Resilience 2.0 different from 1.0?
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  • ⌚ 1:42 What example from our bodies illustrate the antifragile system?
  • ⌚ 2:02 What is PTG and how is it different from PTSD?
  • ⌚ 2:15 What is the goal of happiness studies?
  • ⌚ 3:00 What paradox exists in the context of pursuing happiness?
  • ⌚ 3:09 How can we resolve this paradox?
  • ⌚ 3:50 How is it similar to looking at the sun?
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  • ⌚ 4:17 What does SPIRE stand for?
  • ⌚ 4:32 What is spirituality about?
  • ⌚ 4:42 What is one the most important component of the physical element of the rainbow?
  • ⌚ 4:58 What is the main problem related to stress?
  • ⌚ 5:27 How can we draw happiness from intellectual side of life?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 5:41 What is the number one predictor of well-being?
  • ⌚ 5:54 How important is the quality of our relationships?
  • ⌚ 6:01 What two kinds of emotions do we need to learn to embrace?
  • ⌚ 6:13 What did Dicero think about gratitude?
  • ⌚ 6:19 What is the benefit of showing more appreciation?
  • ⌚ 6:26 In what sense is happiness more than just pleasure?
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DISCUSSION

  • What do you think of the idea of Antifragility / Resilience 2.0?
  • Would you add any more elements to the SPIRE Model? What would they be?
  • Why do you think people who pursue happiness directly are often unhappy?
  • Which element of the SPIRE Model brings most happiness to you?
  • Tal Ben-Shahar says that ‘happiness resides on a continuum’, that it is a journey. Do you agree with it?
  • At the end he says: “I do not think that things necessarily happen for the best. However, we can learn to make the best of things that happen”. What does it mean for you? 
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Which element of the SPIRE plays the most important role in your happiness?

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What do you think of the idea of antifragility? Does it make sense to you? What would your rainbow colours refer to? 

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