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Have you ever stopped to think how you walk? Have you been aware of where you put your feet and how you move your weight from your rear foot to your front foot? Have you noticed how you move your arms and body at the same time you move your feet? If you had to think about all these things, you probably could not walk. Walking is a habit.

A habit is something you learn to do so well and you can do it without thinking about how to do it. When you were learning to write, you had to think about how to form each letter. Now you do it without thinking.

Scientists say people form habits because they get benefit from them. Some habits are easy to see. For example, you eat with knives, forks and spoons. If you did not cut up your food with knife, it would be hard to make pieces that are easy to chew. Eating a meal without a fork would make your hands very sticky. Imagine trying to eat a bowl of soup without a spoon! The benefit from other habits, such as biting fingernails, is not so easy to see. But people who bite their fingernails gain relief from nervous tension, so they get some benefit from this habit.

Everyone has both good and bad habit. A good habit is one that does you good only. Brushing your teeth after every meal and before you go to bed is a good habit. A bad habit is one that gives some benefits, but also harms you in some way. Biting your fingernails may relieve nervous tension, but it also leaves ugly nails.

People will usually give up, or break habits if they no longer get the benefit from them. A nail-biter is perhaps a young person whose nervous tension comes from lack of self-confidence. When such a person gains confidence, the nervousness probably disappears, and there is nothing to gain from biting nails.

To break most bad habits, you must find some way to make your habit more unpleasant. If you have been arriving at school late, remind yourself it is not fun to miss recess or have stay after school for being tardy. (Young Students Learning Library Vol 7)

Exercise 1. ?>?>?>Answer these questions briefly.

  1. What is the definition of habit?

  2. According to the text, what are the examples of habit?

  3. In which paragraph that you find the answer?

  4. What do the scientists say about habit?

  5. How many kinds of habit stated in the text? What are they?

  6. Does everyone have only good habit?

  7. In which paragraph that you can find the answer?

  8. What is a good habit? Do you have it? Give example.

  9. What will the people usually do when their habit is no longer useful for them?

  10. What should you do when you want to stop your habit?

Exercise 2. Choose the answer from the given choices.

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  1. Self-______________ is important to develop our career.

  2. We can get _________________ from our good habit.
  3. If they realize that their habit is bad, they need to make it ________________.
  4. We should have _________________ in breaking bad habit.
  5. When you ________________ that it is time to change your habit, do it immediately.
  6. One of my bad habits is I like to ___________my sister when she is studying.
  7. Always gets up in the morning is his _______________ habit.
  8. To break the _____________ is not easy.

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