Do you sometimes go on a bus or train ride and you see everyone on their phones?
Or while waiting to see a doctor at a hospital or clinic, most of us just waste our time away being on our gadgets?
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This is a huge difference compared to the citizens of Japan and South Korea, where most of them, especially on subways or commuters, read newspapers, magazines or books.
If Malaysia wants to develop the reading culture, much of this effort rests on yourself basically. YOU NEED TO START READING.
We know, reading can be dull and boring. It’s too quiet, there’s no pictures, the words are in black and white. Why would anyone want to let themselves suffer?
But actually, reading every day for at least 20-minutes can bring lots of benefits. Reading helps you to boost your confidence, reduces stress and puts you in a better mood.
So, how do you make reading a regular habit? There are a few small steps, that probably should help:
- Set reading times. If you can’t read for 20 minutes straight – make it into a 5 or 10-minutes intervals.
- Always carry a book. When you’re waiting for something, pull out your book instead of your phone or gadgets.
- Make a list. Since it’s a new year, make a list of books that you want to read in 2020.
- Find a quiet place. A spot in your house that you like, at a coffee shop, in parks – anywhere that is calm and quiet so that you can focus on your reading and relax at the same time.
- Reduce your television or internet time. Take a break, stop using your phone for 10 minutes, that message you just got – it can wait (UNLESS IT’S YOUR BOSS).
- Find a book that interests you. There are millions of different books in the world, and thousands of news books are published every year – there’s bound to be one that is made for you!
So, GET UP NOW and grab a book!
By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat