In this lesson, you will learn about 5 types of lifestyle and the way people live. Each of these lifestyles is possible as a result of certain factors or personal preference.
We can also talk about a lifestyle that is healthy, unhealthy, active, busy or hectic, etc.
For the purpose of this lesson, we will focus on five lifestyles only.
AN EXTRAVAGANT LIFESTYLE / A LAVISH LIFESTYLE
Wealthy people tend to spend a lot of money on personal property and expensive toys. You may have heard that billionaires are the new celebrity. Just like celebrities, many new money billionaires are not afraid to be seen extravagant, and they want grand toys like yachts, private jets, supercars, etc. They are drunk on their self-importance. The super rich have status anxiety, and that's why they compete with each other. For example, who has the biggest yacht, the most expensive handbags, the prettier wife, whose children go to the best schools, and things like that. What sets the hyper rich apart is their ability to have a yacht specifically designed and built for them. Of course, employing yacht designers doesn't come cheap. On average, having a yacht built for you comes at a cost of 1 million euros per meter. The interior design also adds up to the astronomical price. You can imagine that the price of a yacht is eye-watering. It's a fact that people don't really need to have a yacht, but it's a way for the rich to show off. It's not all fun and games being a billionaire. On the plus side, they have access to the most fabulous toys that money can buy like underwater aeroplanes, expensive art, theme parks, and many more. A whole industry caters for their demands whether that be party planners or gourmet deliveries.
A NOMADIC LIFESTYLE
Some people like the comfort of home and planning for a secure future while others don't want to be settled, have a steady job and a usual routine. Those who live a nomadic lifestyle like being on the road, not having too many responsibilities and having a different routine all the time. Of course, there are reasons why people enjoy this type of lifestyle. Living like this seems to slow down time and people have more experiences compared to "a going to work and coming home" routine. Being a nomad also means that you're not tied to one specific place and you can easily travel and spend time with your family, even stay and live with them for some time. Adopting a nomadic lifestyle gives people a lot of freedom of owning less. In general, people who live in an apartment or a house tend to accumulate more, especially unnecessary stuff. Another reason for moving from one place to another is having less stress and also having more energy to do the things you love. Last but not least, this lifestyle gives people the freedom to go and explore new places.
A COMFORTABLE LIFESTYLE
People don't need to be rich to live comfortably. In fact, having a comfortable lifestyle means that you have enough money to buy things you need and want. Those who earn enough money are able to cover their expenses and save money at the same time. The key is to have enough to pay for your necessities and non-essentials, but also build up your savings. You need to consider the cost of living in your city and whether your income is sufficient.
A SIMPLE LIFESTYLE
If you're satisfied with what you have rather than what you want, you'll be able to live a simple lifestyle. Simple living is a voluntary choice and it doesn't mean that you force yourself to live in poverty. In fact, there are a number of reasons why people choose this type of lifestyle. For example, they can spend quality time with family and friends, have a better work-life balance, and reduce stress. Some people reduce their consumption by spending less on goods and services and saving more so that they can be financially independent. And because people don't need a lot of money, they can reduce the time spent earning money, which means they have extra time for their interests and creative activities such as art and crafts. It is also believed that the key to a simple life is to start producing and growing your own food. As a result, some people eat a simplified diet, for example, a vegan diet.
A SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE
People who have a sedentary lifestyle or job tend to sit down a lot of the time and don't usually do exercises or physical activities. Those living this kind of lifestyle are often sitting or lying down while doing an activity such as reading, watching TV, using a smartphone, laptop or any other device for long hours. These days most people spend a lot of time looking at a screen which may have a negative impact on their health and overall well-being. People who have a lack of physical activity are at risk of various diseases or even premature death.
Note: Check the pronunciation of the word 'sedentary' in an audio dictionary and practise.
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