GT Writing Task 2 (Essay Writing) Sample # 46
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Wealth and money enable us to own many things but does not necessarily guaranty happiness.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Money is often considered the key to happiness by a group of people while many others consider it as the root of all evil. No doubt our wealth increases our purchasing power and with it, we can buy things we need for our necessity as well as for luxury, but it can’t buy happiness for us. With or without money, we can be happy and ironically, having much wealth can sometimes deter us from being happy in life.
To begin with, rich people have a much greater purchasing power and have the luxury to spend money the way they like. But, this economic freedom and earthly possessions do not guarantee happiness for them as it is a state of mind and cannot be acquired just with money. It is not the cash that makes us happy, rather, a caring family, good neighbours and relatives, friends, children, our mental satisfaction and a sound physical condition make us satisfied. Thus anyone, with or without wealth, can have the secret ingredients and perfect mental state to be felicitous.
Moreover, it is often found that when people have just enough money to meet their basic needs, they can concentrate on other important aspects of life. But, when they have an excessive amount of money and they are driven by greed to make more, they can’t contemplate the essential things in life like family, friendship, hobby and thus suffer from loneliness and discomfort. People with great wealth and money are in constant fear of losing it. They also become snobbish about who they meet and let become close as they often treat people to be thieves or con artists.
To conclude, money empowers us to buy earthly things but, unfortunately, happiness is not one of them. We can be happy in a hut or a royal palace when we have the right constituents o happiness and mental gratification.