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Level 7 (CEFR B1)

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  1. Lesson 1 | Is he the One?
    7 Temas
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    3 Cuestionarios
  2. Lesson 2 | I Love Shepherd's Pie
    7 Temas
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    2 Cuestionarios
  3. Lesson 3 | What are you going to do?
    7 Temas
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    6 Cuestionarios
  4. Lesson 4 | You have been working too much
    7 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  5. Lesson 5 | Eating Out
    5 Temas
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    2 Cuestionarios
  6. Lesson 6 | Job search
    7 Temas
  7. Lesson 7 | Consumer society
    7 Temas
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    6 Cuestionarios
  8. Lesson 8 | ARTICLES
    7 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  9. Lesson 9 | Obligations, suggestions, and prohibitions
    7 Temas
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    3 Cuestionarios
  10. Lesson 10 | Money
    5 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  11. Lesson 11 | Ability and Possibility
    7 Temas
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    3 Cuestionarios
  12. Lesson 12 | EVERYONE WAS BORED!
    7 Temas
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    5 Cuestionarios
  13. Lesson 13 | Old Me, New Me
    7 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  14. Lesson 14 | He had rehearsed it all…
    7 Temas
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    4 Cuestionarios
  15. Lesson 15 | Let’s Get Sporty!
    6 Temas
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    5 Cuestionarios
  16. Lesson 16 | Narrative - A family trip
    5 Temas
Lección 10, Tema 1
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Lesson 10 – Step 1 – Reading

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Goal

Let’s start the lesson with some reading. You can read it on your own, or play the audio and follow along.

Once you have finished, you can go to the next step.


More money might not mean more happiness

What do you think of the man in the picture? How would you react if you suddenly inherited a lot of money? Wanting all this money might seem greedy, but for some people there is nothing better than swimming in an ocean of notes. The way they see it, life with money is just much easier. Paying bills, eating out at fancy restaurants, spending on expensive luxury cars— you can only do these things if you have the money. You don’t have to worry about borrowing from a friend or the bank. Each time something at home stops working, like a TV — no problem, you can pay for it. The truth is money does make life simpler in many ways.

But money does not always equal happiness. In many parts of the world, people don’t have much money and they are perfectly happy. They make ends meet with what they have and don’t worry about things they can’t afford. In the past, people didn’t see money as the key to happiness. Parents didn’t buy expensive toys or clothes for their children. Instead, the children were delighted to play with things they found in the garden, and wear the clothes they had, usually their older siblings’ clothes.

Nowadays, we live in a developed world, and money might be central to our happiness. Constantly raising prices means we now struggle to save every coin and note. So, how much money we make influences our opinions about happiness. The more money we make, the happier we feel. Countries with more money usually have lower child mortality, better education, and longer life expectancy. However, things can’t keep on getting better continuously. At a certain point, there is nothing else money can do.

On the other hand, can money make us decidedly unhappy? Most high-paid jobs imply dealing with a lot of stress. No matter how high the pay might be, when the pressure is too high you might have to quit the rat race. Not to mention that the more money and possessions you have, the more stressful and time consuming it is to maintain and administer them.

Money can’t buy happiness, it can actually get in the way. But having enough money for the bare necessities and to improve your quality of life is certainly of help.

Which of these two statements is the best summary to the article? :

  • Money helps us do a lot of things, but it can’t make our lives get better forever.
  • Money makes our lives get better and better all the time.

Conclusion

Have you finished? Then you can move on to step 2.