The pace of life in today’s society is much faster than in the past, because of changes in people’s habits and in the world of work. In the past, there were both advantages and disadvantages to living a slower paced-life.
There 12 ( were ) a number of benefits of people's lifestyle in the past. Firstly, people probably 13 ( suffered ) less from stress because they were not often in a hurry. Secondly, they 14 ( spent ) more time with friends and family, especially at mealtimes and on traditional holidays. People 15 ( worried ) less about being the best in their job or about earning a lot of money. They probably 16 ( felt ) happier.
However, in my view, the slower pace of life also 17 ( had ) several important disadvantages. People 18 ( travelled ) much less, either for work or holidays, so their lives were more limited. Basic tasks such as carrying objects, cleaning and washing 19 ( took ) up a lot of their time. As a result, they 20 ( enjoyed ) their free time less than people today. The slower pace of life also 21 ( meant ) that it was more difficult for people to change or improve their situation by studying of finding a better job.
All in all, I believe that the disadvantages of the slower pace of life in the past were greater than the advantages. People had more free time but they were not always able to benefit from it because they had less control over their lives, both at home and at work.