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Writing Task 2: Produce a happy society

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Some people think that in order to produce a happy society, it is necessary to ensure that there is only a small difference between the earnings of the richest and poorest.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer:

It is suggested by some that minimizing the gap between the haves and have-nots can make society happier. While I agree that this assertion yields results, I believe that it is one of a range of options available to that end, and that a combination of other measures should also be used to improve people’s happiness levels.

Admittedly, reducing the difference between how much money the well-off and the poor make is important, as it creates and promotes equality in society. This can be achieved by placing a cap on earnings of the rich and imposing higher tax rates for top-earners, along with increasing the wages and salaries of low-earners. As a result of this initiative, the purchasing power of the poor increases, thereby allowing them to afford more, including but not limited to, white goods, a car and possibly even an apartment, and enjoy happier lives.

Enhancing general happiness, of course, isn’t limited to the above proposition; there are other equally important measures that can be taken. Firstly, governments should ensure that the poor have access to proper education. It is a lack of decent school and further education that hinders many people’s job prospects, so building more public schools and other educational establishments should add to people’s happiness. Another way is to reform social services, such as healthcare. When there is a long queue in hospitals, or when people are unable to receive treatment for their illnesses due to exorbitant costs involved, it is unlikely that they will be happy. Therefore, governments should also focus on these two areas if they are to raise their populations’ happiness.

In conclusion, reducing the gap between the amount made by the rich and the poor can make a positive difference in raising human happiness. Nevertheless, should governments prioritize the improvement of two other areas – education and healthcare, then people’s happiness will be even more boosted.

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