Hello dear readers! I hope you've had or are having a wonderful week. If not, I hope you feel some form of happiness after reading that first sentence :) Why do I sound so optimistic and happy? Positive thinking reduces stress and provides you with better coping skills during hardships. Basically it just makes you feel great. Many studies have been conducted to support this fact too. Optimism is even believed to provide greater resistance to the common cold and cardiovascular diseases! My peers always say the most striking thing about me is that I'm always smiling and laughing, in good times as well as bad, and it's basically because I like the aura it gives out. I always have fun no matter who I'm hanging out with, and I usually can't feel depressed for more than a day.
So lets strive to make the people around us happy -- for their health
When you've been living in Malaysia long enough, air pollution isn't a stranger to you anymore. Haze is an ongoing problem, sometimes to an extent where schools have to be closed so that children do not get exposed to it and are not allowed to play outdoors. This, combined with the blazing temperatures, causes many people to often develop very bad coughs.
The main cause of this haze is due to the slash-and-burn practice still being used by farmers as well as occasional peat fires in Indonesia. Slash-and-burn is an agricultural technique which involves cutting and burning of forests or woodlands to create fields. This large burning deteriorates our atmosphere, as well as leaving land which once bore many trees bare.
Most people defend the ecologically destructive method of the slash-and-burn by saying that it is only used by poor farmers who grow enough food to feed themselves and their families, and therefore have no alternative. There is much being done in Malaysia to save the environment, but we are only just starting. Hopefully in the future there will be more acts against deforestation, while at the same time providing the farmers some form of compensation in return for not deforesting their land.