Monday, 25 March 2013

Academic Writing - Model Answer (Task 2)

If people have more money, they are generally happier. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Money is used as a measure of exchange for products and services and as a unit of measuring the value of items. When the barter system died out, it was replaced by money. Money is used in order to carry out any modern transaction.

Having money definitely means you can afford to live a better quality of life without worrying where your next meal will come from. Wealthy people receive higher levels of education and health care, have good pensions, are able to go on luxurious holidays and purchase quality brand products. This certainly makes their lives easier.

Even though having money means your choices are better, this does not mean that money and happiness are linked together. Many rich people have other types of issues that money cannot solve and which cause them misery e.g. health and social problems, dependency on drugs and alcohol etc.

On the other hand, people with very little have less to worry about. They are not concerned about social pressure and keeping up with others. They appreciate the simple things in life which are free like spending time with their family and friends. The value they place on social relationships will help them through difficult moments in life.

To conclude, I don’t think there is a connection between money and happiness. Happiness comes from within irrespective of money. Having more money does mean that people can afford material products that make them temporarily happy. But having too much money brings with it its own set of problems.

Question taken from Get Ready for IELTS writing p. 56

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