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Essay 2 - Happiest Times of People's Lives

Some people think that the teenage years are the happiest times of most people’s lives. Others think that adult life brings more happiness, in spite of greater responsibilities. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Many people might remember that when they were in their teenage years, they felt very constrained and that being an adult generally means being happier than they were. However, quite often, it seems, those same people wish to go back into their childhood as soon as they feel the pressure of the adulthood. This change of attitudes may raise a debate about which age groups are actually the happiest ones.

On the one hand, a convincing argument can be made that children and teenagers are usually considered the most cheerful and delighted groups of people. Indeed, one might say, that youngsters bear no or little responsibility for their actions, most of which can, therefore, be regarded as non-consequential. Hence, the young can try any activity they like, unless, of course, it is directly harmful. Moreover, children and teenagers in general have more free time and more easily acquire friends than adults. Thus, their lives may be filled with effortless amusing communication with their peers, thereby resulting in high levels of happiness.

On the other hand, some people report that the older they become, the more joy they derive from their lives. This point of view, I believe, is perfectly reasonable as well. Being an adult generally means having freedom of choice and action which is almost inaccessible for the young generation. This freedom coupled with experience and profound understanding of one’s desires and motivation may lead to truly fulfilling meaningful lives including bright careers, exciting hobbies and loving families.

In conclusion, I would say that both periods have their joys and sorrows and how happy people of different ages feel strongly depends on the individual. Still, I believe that life can and should be savoured no matter what age a person is.


Essay 1 - Family History Research

In some part of the world it is becoming popular to research the history of one’s own family. Why might people want to do this? Is it a positive or negative development?

In recent times, the number of people who decide to trace their family history is on the increase. In my opinion, there are various reasons why people choose to do this and personally, I think this is a positive phenomenon in many respects.

There are several reasons why people might decide to conduct genealogical research. One explanation could be that they would like to explore more about themselves in terms of their roots, their origins and whether their ancestors had similar personality traits. Another factor could be that modern people have easy access to the internet which offers abundant information and services. For instance, there are many useful genealogy websites that help people connect with their ancestors and it is not difficult for people to come across online advertisements of these websites. Finally, people may simply curious to find out whether they have any famous or wealthy ancestor.

In my opinion, conducting ancestral research is a recommendable activity for people in many ways. Firstly, tracing the past of the family can be a fascinating hobby for people, which is a nice way to spend their free time. It can be a good talking point for family and friends if they find a particularly interesting ancestor. Secondly, by searching genealogy records, people may find their long-lost family members as well as distant relatives who they might have chance to meet. Finally, it may be a good way to teach children about history. By creating their own family trees, children can understand better about their family they belong to as well as their ancestors and how earlier generations lived.    

In conclusion, I am concerned that there are several reasons why modern people take an interest in genealogy. When all things considered, I believe that this activity is a positive trend in many ways.