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IELTS Writing Task Two #14

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Wealth does not necessarily guaranty happiness.

To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Provide reasons for your answer. Include relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

model answer:

Many people believe that money is the key to happiness and that the more money you have the happier you become. Other people feel that having a lot of money actually causes more problems than it solves. I believe that as long as people have enough money for basic necessities such as food and a reasonable place to live, a great deal of surplus money tends to make life less rather than more content.

There are a several reasons for this. First of all, if you have a great deal of money there is no real reason to go out to work or to strive for anything. Secondly, wealthy people tend to attract the wrong sort of people. After a while, the rich start to believe that the people around them are only after one thing; having a share in their money. This makes rich people distrustful even of those good and loyal people who are their genuine friends.

Another result of having plenty of money is the fear of losing it. Rich people start to build high walls around themselves and invest in hi-tech security systems to keep out the rest of the world. They also become snobbish about whom they meet, always frightened that people without money are potential thieves or con artists.

For all these reasons I feel that having a great deal of money actually brings the opposite of happiness. It leads people to lose sight of the real sources of happiness, which often come from simple things like family life and friendship. Wealth prevents people from seeing the true value of things, only recognising what they cost.

(272 words)