GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 100
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Happiness is considered very important in life.
Why is it difficult to define?
What factors are important in achieving happiness?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Happiness is deemed paramount in life and it means different things to different people. This essay will explore the reasons why it is difficult to denote happiness, and then discuss the major factors contributing to the pursuit of happiness, followed by a reasoned conclusion.
Happiness barely fits any definition. This is because it is an abstract notion. Each individual, therefore, has his own different happiness in each phase of life. As people live in different conditions, they are influenced by different factors, like family, relationship, friend, living standard and even knowledge, so each person has a different concept of what happiness is. For instance, with homeless people, happiness means that they can buy a home or apartment but people who have a house think thank they would be happy when they can buy a large mansion in a posh area. Similarly, for unemployed, a job is the definition of their happiness while for executives, happiness may mean to move swiftly up the corporate ladder.
Likewise, several factors are taken into account in pursuit of happiness. Firstly, it seems hard for an individual to achieve happiness if there is lack of basic needs, like food, shelter, cloth, and education for example. Secondly, relationships have been considered to be an eminent factor when it comes to pursuing happiness. In simple words, strong family ties or a close circle of friends can lead to a happy life. A good chunk of studies has discovered that people who have a network of close friends with whom they can rely upon in challenging times are more likely to lead a happy life. Last but not least, the key to achieve happiness is to enjoy what people already have.
In conclusion, happiness is regarded as an eminently desirable phenomenon in humans’ lives. Although it is difficult to give a precise definition of happiness because the phenomenon is relatively subjective, and I believe that basic needs and sound relationship are the minimum prerequisites of a happy life.