Happiness, job satisfaction, and money are possible topics in both the writing test and the speaking test. The video below might help you with some ideas for the happiness topic. I've also made a quick listening exercise for you to try below the video.
Fill the gaps in the summary below with one word only.
I don’t think we have a great ______ idea of happiness. Many people imagine that happiness comes from something ______; if you get a new car, a better job, a bigger house, you’ll be happy. Whenever I hear the phrase ‘the ______ of happiness’, the image that comes to my mind is of racing dogs chasing a mechanical rabbit that’s always just out of ______. I think a much better goal of life is to be content. Contentment is an inner feeling of satisfaction that’s not dependent on external factors. I argue that the goal is to enhance contentment, comfort, serenity and ______ so that you can roll with the ups and ______ of life and not get thrown off too much. I think it is not realistic to try to be happy all the time; we’re ______ to be sad or blue some of the time; I think that’s part of the ______ experience.