Exercise 1

A. Listen to the introduction to a radio show. Why is positive thinking good for you?

B. Try to guess the missing words in these callers’ tips.

Caller 1   Live in the pr_______, not in the p_______.

Caller 2   Think p_______ thoughts, not n________ ones.

Caller 3   Don’t spend a lot of time following the n________ online or on TV.

Caller 4   Every week, make a list of all the g_______ th_______ that happened to you.

Caller 5   Try to use positive l________ when you speak to other people.



It helps you enjoy life more. Positive people are healthier and live longer.


 Live in the present, not in the past.

 Think positive thoughts, not negative ones.

 Don’t spend a lot of time following the news online or on TV.

 Every week, make a list of all the good things that happened to you.

 Try to use positive language when you speak to other people.



Today’s topic is “positive thinking.” We all know that people who are positive enjoy life more than people who are negative and pessimistic. But scientific studies show that positive people are also healthier. They get better more quickly when they are sick, and they live longer. A recent study has shown that people who are optimistic and think positively live, on average, nine years longer than pessimistic people. So, let’s hear what you, the listeners, think. Do you have any ideas to help us be more positive in our lives?

Exercise 2

Listen and answer the questions.

1   Katelyn has more free time than three years ago because she ____.

      a   has started college

      b   only works during the day

      c   doesn’t have a full-time job

2   Susie likes Athens because of ____.

      a   the people and the weather

      b   the cafés and restaurants

      c   the monuments

3   Anna is trying to drink ____.

      a   less coffee    

      b   more juice

      c   more water

4   Laura describes herself as ____.

      a   more an optimist than a pessimist

      b   more a pessimist than an optimist

      c   a realist but also an optimist

5   Paula often dreams about a teacher that ____.

      a   she didn’t like

      b   taught her at university

      c   helped her to pass her exams


1 b   2 c   3 c   4 b   5 a



I = interviewer, K = Katelyn

I   Do you have more free time than three years ago?

K   I actually definitely do have more free time than I did a couple of years ago, so I actually just graduated from college. This is my first year working full time, so working nine to five frees up your evenings, so definitely more free time than before.


I = interviewer, S = Susie

 What’s the most beautiful city you’ve ever been to?

S   That’s such a good question. Um, I think probably Athens. I Why?

S   It’s, it’s just, it’s absolutely gorgeous – the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the sights are beautiful. Yeah, it’s the best place to go.


I = interviewer, A = Anna

 What do you drink in a typical day?

A   In a typical day I usually just drink, er, a lot of coffee and water, sometimes juice.

 Is there anything you drink too much of?

A   I probably drink too much coffee.

I   Is there anything you don’t drink enough of?

A   I don’t drink enough water most days, but I’m trying to get better.


I = interviewer, L = Laura

I   Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

C   I am a realist. Um, yeah, more pessimistic than optimistic.


I = interviewer, P = Paula

I   Do you often dream about the same thing?

P   Yes, I do. I had a really, really awful teacher at high school for history, and she was always really mean. And when I finished high school, I always dreamed that she would say, ‘You will never pass your A levels’. And now I always dream of the same teacher from high school telling me, ‘You will never finish your degree,’ so that’s kind of weird, yeah.

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