Information Technologies have become critical and an integral part of any organization’s delivery, and indeed it is difficult to imagine any modern organization effectively and efficiently delivering without IT.
In the current economic environment, IT departments operate with reduced budgets while striving to deliver best services.
In today’s highly competitive and rapidly changing global marketplace, it is increasingly important to maximize productivity of Information Technology employees.
This article is a call to pause and reflect on the importance of motivation and how best to create a highly motivated and therefore more productive IT workforce.
Motivation is defined as the reason or reasons that someone has for acting or behaving in a particular way or the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. It gives the reasons for people’s actions, desires, and needs.
Managing IT personnel is challenging, and when motivational tools that are available to the managers may be limited, there is a need to seek proficient methods and styles in order to keep employees motivated.
When you understand the thinking and behavioral triggers of employee and the employee understands the strategy and objectives and the value of their contribution, then you are able to maximize their enthusiasm and engagement and rapidly move in the same direction.
One of the most effective methods of providing positive feedback is by “Motivation through recognition”.
One of the primary roles of management is to state and define the work objectives and mission, and identify strategies to achieve the stated goals with scarce resources.
In an environment where there is a continuous drive to do more with less, it is easy to focus on what is broken and try to fix it and give less importance on pointing out where employees are doing well.
Having an employee work for an organization for many years should be considered an asset to the workplace, but can you imagine going a full year without receiving any type of recognition?
It is essential that employees feel that they are valued for the work that they are producing and that by recognizing their achievements their rewards will go beyond productivity by making them feel part of the solution, part of the strategy and success of the organization as a whole.
Recognition should focus on an employee’s contributions and efforts and not focus only on how long they have held the position. If they have done a great job, let them know that on the spot.
While building the recognition programs, we must always remember that in a multicultural environment, there is a need to recognize that individuals visualize problems and solutions from different perspectives and that consideration and appreciation needs to be made for the diversity of approaches.
Having a vision that is malleable and encourages employees to come up with new ideas is a skill of a good manager. Nothing will motivate an employee more than knowing that he or she has contributed something unique that has changed an approach in a positive way.
By leveraging an effective recognition program within the organization managers could avoid one other issue, employee turnover, which is expensive and slows down productivity. Companies with recognition programs have a lower voluntary turnover.
Gratitude is one of the most effective forms of showing and gaining that trust from employees. Appreciating employees for their work and letting your employee, say, take free rein over a project, is one of the non-verbal forms of showing recognition (you have trusted them to do their job).
Good productive employees need to feel valued at work and there really is no such thing as “too much recognition”. If you really want to increase productivity and keep your employees, motivate them through recognition. That simple validation has the power to exponentially increase productivity in the workplace.
“The cost of a recognition system is quite small and the benefits are large when implemented effectively. Meta-analysis conducted by the Gallup Organization of the results from 10,000 business units in 30 industries found [a meta-analysis is the statistical analysis of results across more than one study]:
Increased individual productivity – the act of recognizing desired behavior increases the repetition of the desired behavior, and therefore productivity.
This is classic behavioral psychology.
The reinforced behavior supports the organization’s mission and key performance indicator.
Greater employee satisfaction and enjoyment of work – more time spent focusing on the job and less time complaining.
Direct performance feedback for individuals and teams is provided.
Higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers.
Teamwork between employees is enhanced.
Retention of quality employees increases – lower employee turnover.
Better safety records and fewer accidents on the job.
Lower negative effects such as absenteeism and stress.
Time spent in designing and implementing the program.
Time taken to give recognition.
Dollar cost of the recognition items given.
Time and cost of teaching people how to give recognition.
Costs of introducing a new process.
In conclusion, it is clear that recognition is a critical component of any organizational workforce strategy.
By encouraging and supporting effective recognition practices, managers can improve delivery of their mandates, which results in a more effective workforce.
Developing motivation and providing recognition to employees are relatively simple and inexpensive strategies.
Employees are motivated by different factors and managers should get to know their employees and tailor the ways in which recognition and motivation are provided to each individual.
When efforts are made to create motivated teams and support recognition, employee commitment to the organization and motivation are more likely to increase.
Four Motivational Mantra:
“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” –Stephen R. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” –Doug Conant, Fmr. President and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company.
“An employee’s motivation is a direct result of the sum of interactions with his or her manager.” -Dr. Bob Nelson, Best Selling Author and Motivational Speaker.
“People work for money but go the extra mile for recognition, praise and rewards.” -Dale Carnegie, Leadership Training Guru.
You will see that your enemies will become your best friends in the future, only because you will forgive their mistakes and sins.
They will have the chance to think about what you could have done against them if you were evil, and they will be grateful because you didn’t hurt them.
I was offended numerous times during my arduous mission, but I always saw those who attacked me regret because they were so cruel with me.
Since I never did anything against anyone, they had the chance to regret. Later they were more than kind with me. They showed me their gratitude because I didn’t do anything to hurt them, the same way they hurt me.
I know that when you are hurt, you cannot simply forgive your enemies. You want to get revenge. This is why you are violent. In the end you do something against your enemies that is many times worse than what they did against you. So, you become worse than them.
Therefore, you have to forgive your enemies and always have the behavior of a saint in order to avoid making tragic mistakes.
You cannot let the bomb inside your brain explode (your terrible anti-conscience). This bomb must disappear thanks to your goodness and your wisdom.
There are many other reasons why you have to eliminate your anti-conscience.
Your satanic anti-conscience makes you accept immorality and dishonesty with indifference. You become a disgusting monster who is not ashamed of anything.
You stop respecting your moral principles. You stop being able to distinguish the difference between good and bad. You forget who you are.
Then other people take advantage of your lack of intelligence. You have traumatic experiences. The human being inside you is more suffocated. You have no courage to do anything.
If you prefer to listen to the absurd and evil thoughts that pass through your mind, you cannot avoid the vicious circle of the obsessive thoughts generated by your anti-conscience.
You keep making mistakes, and facing terrible situations. Other people make everything even worse for you. No one helps you stop listening to the repetitive thoughts that your anti-conscience keeps sending to your conscience.
This is why you have to follow God’s guidance in your dreams independently of your opinion.
Your doctor is the only one who knows how your precious human conscience can be saved.
Everything would be much better for every person if everyone else had the behavior of a saint. However, we are in a world of demons. Most people have the behavior imposed by Satan. This is why there is terror on earth.
In order to stop having traumatic experiences in life and become a better person you have to begin by accepting your suffering without being evil. Whatever happens to you is a consequence of the negative tendencies you have inherited.
You may be unable to verify why you are evil by yourself, but God will give you many explanations in your dreams. You will understand your mistakes and your psychological problems as if you were a psychologist yourself.
These days there are so many healing techniques available to us, like:
Touch for Health
the list goes on and on. It’s exciting to know that more and more people around the world are accepting the healing value of alternative and complementary modalities.
When we take a class in any one of these invaluable techniques, the focus of course is on learning the technique…
–how to protect ourselves from picking up clients’ “stuff”
–how to channel or run energy through our bodies out to our hands
–how to approach and treat certain kinds of issues
–the body mechanics we use, etc.
What I see missing from the classes is how to assess the body healing type of the individual we are working with. What do I mean by that?
Over the years, doing energy healing from the 1980s to the present time, I started to realize that with each person, I was addressing the energy flow to their bodies in a different way.
Yes, there is the technique to follow, but after a while the practice becomes almost second nature. I found that as I was “listening” to the bodies, I was “talking” to them differently.
And I haven’t found that kind of body talk mentioned anywhere in the energy healing field.
Of course, I think that each energy healing therapist has a particular way that their inner dialog with the client feels most comfortable or most natural.
But what I found was that, when I shifted my own inner preference for how I channeled or ran energy to match my client’s healing type, their recovery occurred in shorter lengths of treatment time.
So here’s what was shown to me in the course of my years in energy healing: There are three basic types of healing preference that each body has: physical, mental, and spiritual.
That seems to line up nicely with the complementary approach to body-mind-spirit healing, which is about the tribune nature of being human.
But what I’m referring to is the dominant energy healing preference each body is wired for.
Each person’s body responds most effectively to the type of energy transfer that matches his or her own energy healing type.
So sometimes I found I would be silently talking to the body and explaining what it was going through and encouraging it to heal itself.
“Yes, you had a bad fall. You know your knee is injured, and you know how to fix it. You know how to do this.”
This silent body talk flowed into their bodies along with the energy. This was obviously for a mental body healing type.
Other times I found myself praying.
Sometimes it was a standard prayer, sometimes it was a free-flowing appeal to the person’s guides or angels or Christ Spirit or Mary or an archangel or the Universal Healing Forces.
Whatever came to mind to say, this prayer-type energy flowed into the spiritual body healing type.
And of course, there’s the physical body type.
This was a bit of a challenge for me, since most of the energy healing I do is in the bio-field around the body and there’s little or no physical contact.
But the physical body healing type needs to feel it for it to respond more readily with its own inner healing mechanisms.
So I’d touch the area in need, sometimes deeply, while my inner body talk with that person was more along the lines of a cheerleader,
“Here it is. Go. Fix this. You can do it.” Or sometimes there wasn’t that much dialog, just a lot of purposeful contact while I ran energy.
By the 1990s, I figured it would be easier for me to know ahead of time which client was which body healing type before the session started so that I could start the body talk right away.
Since I’d been learning how to do dowsing, I asked my pendulum what the type was.
You can probably also use finger-muscle testing, if you’re familiar with that. It’s a simple yes-no process of elimination as you ask which healing type your client is.
There were some surprises that I learned along the way, too. People who I thought for sure would be one type turned out to be another, even though their personalities clearly indicated something else.
Like my Dad. Here was a guy who was totally immersed in 3-D. If he couldn’t see it, it didn’t exist. A very physical guy.
When he got older and started having health problems (and let me work on them, which wasn’t all the time), I dowsed and – lo and behold – his healing body type was a spiritual!!!
Then there’s my Mom, who I thought for sure would be a spiritual type, but the dowsing told me she was a physical!
She believed in the old-country ways of laying on of hands, had a strong church connection, which Dad didn’t have, and was even known to have healing hands when she was younger (which was great for us as kids). But her body responded more effectively to the physical body touch-approach.
It reminded me of something I came across in the Edgar Cayce holistic health readings.
He talked about the “body mind” as though it was something different or separate from the conscious mind. And now I understood that.
The body does have a mind of its own. And when we address that clearly, it responds more readily to whatever healing energy we deliver.
Another surprise was that some people turn out to have dual types. This is more rare, but when you find it, it gives you more variety in how you frame your inner dialog with the body.
Finally, one night in the late 1990s as I was meditating, it was revealed to me that what my guidance had shown me described the way our Master Teacher, Jesus the Christ, healed people.
For many of us, Christ’s healing in the New Testament were our first exposure to energy healing, even though we probably thought of it as magical or superhuman, not something we could all do (even though He said we could). Maybe even some of the priests and pastors of our formal churches did the “laying on of hands.” But think about this:
When Jesus healed the blind man, he put mud on the man’s eyes and rubbed it in. Then the man could see. This was an example of the physical body healing type. The man needed to feel something happening to his eyes.
When He told the cripple that his sins were forgiven, or to rise up and walk, He was addressing a mental body healing type. The man simply got up and walked away. There was no contact at all with him.
Finally, when a woman touched the hem of His garment and He asked her why she did that, she replied that that’s what she knew she needed to do to be healed. Definitely spiritual or faith healing.
There also is one other example of a type of healing Jesus did and that was when the Roman soldier asked Him to heal his good servant who was not present at the time.
This was a beautiful and dramatic example of both distance healing for the servant and faith healing on the part of the soldier.
During the course of working with many clients over the years, my own guidance has revealed techniques and understandings that were invaluable in helping my people regain function and health sooner and more easily.
You can use this information for yourself as well during those times you need to amplify more healing resource into your own body.
I hope you find this information applicable in your own interactions with people in need.
My scientific research began with a philosophical research through literature. When I had psychological problems I studied many scientific subjects, especially Carl Jung’s method of dream interpretation.
In the end, my dreams and the scientific discoveries that happened in the end of the 20th century helped me understand the importance of religion.
I discovered that God produces our dreams in order to cure our absurd psyche because we are in fact demons with a tiny conscience, which is underdeveloped and must be developed with our participation in this process during our lives on earth.
This unexpected discovery was in fact a revelation. I had many clues about the same matters, and I related the information I found.
Sometimes I could discover something about the evil human nature thanks to a scientific discovery. Other times I had strange information in a dream and I looked for scientific proof that could justify the information I had.
I also looked for information about metaphysical phenomena and religion, besides relating everything to philosophy and art. My research was based on relating every kind of information I could find to the meaning of dreams.
The truth I discovered in the end is tragic, but we have a big consolation because God is alive and He speaks in dreams. Now that I completed Carl Jung’s research and I simplified the dream language everyone can understand God’s symbolic messages in their dreams and solve all their problems thanks to His wisdom.
Carl Jung’s work and my work created a bridge that unites God with every human being.
We have a human side because God gave us a human conscience, besides being basically demons, since the biggest part of our brain belongs to our satanic anti-conscience.
The bridge we created is a big advantage for humanity, but nothing is simple. In order to become mentally healthy human beings we have to attain sanctity by obeying God’s guidance in our dreams and in our religion.
The mindset of the modern civilization is totally wrong. The future generations will understand this fact, but you can understand it today thanks to God’s revelations in dreams.
Most people try to live in a private paradise on earth, surrounded by poverty and terror. They believe that money is more important than anything else, concentrating their attention on the material pleasures they can have.
These people are wasting their time, besides being exposed to numerous dangers. They can have many material pleasures for a certain period of time, but they will be punished later. God lets them have pleasant moments to help them understand the difference between happiness and despair when they will pay for their sins.
Everything happens based on our necessity to stop being absurd and evil and attain sanctity.
God lets many people have the false impression that they can be happy on earth if they have money because He must test our capacity to understand the meaning of life, and He must let us develop our sensitivity without forcing us to be good.
We have to stop wanting to be selfish and prefer to be generous for being sensitive and intelligent. We have to understand by ourselves the importance of goodness and desire to attain sanctity because we want to see everyone having a happy life.
We must have the capacity to attain a higher level of consciousness and realize that we depend on one another and this is why we must love one another.
A hobby is one of the most fulfilling ways to capture “me” time, enjoy better health, and have an abundance of social interaction. Everyone needs “me” time. Life for too many people can quickly become only career and family. While both are important to a satisfying life, we often leave little time for ourselves.
Here are some of the benefits that you gain from the enjoyment a hobby.
Watch Your Self-Esteem Grow
Self-esteem is a foundational block to healthy living and means having confidence in your own worth and abilities. Self-esteem equals self-respect and a good hobby is all about personal achievement.
A special pastime is something you can feel good about regardless of how others things are going. Becoming proficient in an activity done for pure pleasure builds personal confidence and we feel self-assured.
Also, we all need positive diversions in our busy lives and a special interest fits this bill. Finding a leisure pursuit that is fun to do and a rewarding way to spend me time alone or with others, if you choose.
Experience Better Health
Our health is important to us. Busy lives loaded with endless commitments, activities, and multitasking, generally have ample stress, too. Stress without release disturbs our physical and mental equilibrium.
A good way to relieve stress is to generate self-confidence and positive feelings. A lift to our mood increases calmness and nurtures our spirit. Stress relief has the added benefit of staving off burnout in all aspects of our life.
Beyond just the outlet for stress release, a hobby has been proven beneficial to physical health, too. Studies show that people who spend around 20-30 minutes each week in a hobby activity experience less fatigue and lower blood pressure. Fatigue, of course, not only attacks out physical conditioning but also our mental well-being
After a long week on the job, when we’re often worn down and we still have the weekend to make it through. Spending time in a hobby recharges our batteries. Engaging in a chosen activity provides a break from routine with a purpose, which helps conquer the feeling of just ‘sitting around’.
Capture Your Creative Self
I’ve always admired friends who have creative talents. A lot of creative abilities seem to come directly from the womb. Even though natural creativity is something that I wasn’t personally blessed with, I have discovered mine through a lifelong hobby.
As an amateur photography, I am able to be my own creative self. I may never become a top landscape, fashion, or portrait photographer, but from this creative outlet personal expression shines through with each photo I take.
Your own creative juices will germinate through your favorite pastime. What’s really great is that creativity is just limited to the visual or performance fields. Stamp collecting, sewing, tennis, or many more activities will offer a positive outlet for personal creativity.
Gain Social Interaction and Friends
Everyone with a special pastime activity will experience the rewards of meeting new people and acquiring new friends. Special interests always center around social interaction and support. No doubt, too, it is much easier to meet people and make friends when a common interest exists.
Increased meaning in your life, stress reduction, and positive self-worth are also part of social interaction. Social connections definitely go hand-in-hand with good health
Have you noticed that the benefits from hobbies have to do with enjoyment, confidence, creativity, and feeling positive.
Your hobby will lead to wonderful life experiences that you may never have imagined. If you don’t have a hobby, get one and you’ll be glad you did.
Many people have their routines and rituals each day. Sometimes they work for a lot of people and sometimes they work uniquely for an individual. Here are the essential “5 A Day”, daily habits that could keep you happy and healthy for the rest of your life:
1. Drink Water – Hydration is probably one of the most important factors when we think about health.
The British Nutrition Foundation recommends that women drink 1.6 litres of water per day and men drink 2 litres.
This needs to be increased if you are exercising or on a hot day, when your body is losing water through sweating to keep you cool. We can get hydration from most things we drink, but we get the greatest effect when we drink plain old water.
Although it’s not plain – water contains many minerals essential for health, such as calcium, magnesium and potassium.
We recommend that you drink bottled water only and not tap water, which contains many additives that can be detrimental to health such as chlorine and fluoride.
Most quality bottled waters show the mineral content on the label as well as the source, but some bottled waters do not and these are best avoided.
On the other side, you can be over hydrated and this can be as problematic and detrimental to your health as being dehydrated. T
he best indicator for hydration, is the color of your urine – if you are drinking sufficient water then it will be a pale yellow color; if you are dehydrated then it will be a dark mustard yellow; if you are drinking too much water then it will become almost clear.
Personally, I drink on average between 2 and 3 liters per day, sometimes a little more.
I start my day with a 500ml bottle of water, which is consumed within 10 minutes of waking up. This replaces the water lost overnight, whilst we are asleep, and wakes the body up.
This is followed by a mug (around 250ml) of hot water with a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon in it, which those who have read my previous blogs will know has a range of benefits not least of which is thought to be regulation of the metabolism.
A little later on I will have a further mug of hot water with a slice of lemon and ginger in it. Great for the digestive system, it also helps clear the sinuses and therefore aids breathing. We are now up to a liter.
At this point I will usually go for a run (although not every day is the same) and when I return, I down a 500ml bottle of water – if I do not run then I do not have this 500ml.
Once showered me will then grab another mug of hot water with lemon and ginger, before heading off to do other work.
I drink another 500ml bottle of water whilst I am cooking dinner, and top it off with another during the evening – I don’t really drink tea, coffee or alcohol and do not drink processed drinks (fruit juices and fizzy drinks) at all.
I do also have a juice pretty much every day, but water from fruit and vegetables is additional to what you should be drinking every day – water from fruit and vegetables makes up 20% of your total water intake, the British Nutrition Foundation claims, so the other 80% is the water you drink.
If I am working, then I carry bottles of water in my car and will drink it whilst I am in my car, to ensure that I always stay hydrated as I do not always get a drink whilst at a booking.
Obviously what I have described in this section is an average day – some days I drink less and others maybe a little more.
I check my pH levels once a week and the color of my urine each time I go to the toilet and this allows me to ensure that I am not over or under hydrating my body, and also allows me to adjust my water intake as necessary to maintain a healthy level of hydration.
2. Exercise – Regular exercise is essential to maintaining health and happiness and just like hydration, you can over exercise and you can under exercise.
It is not healthy to exercise too much, unless you are an athlete and under the guidance of professional health monitoring.
Under exercising, is also detrimental to health and can result in all sorts of health issues, including diabetes and obesity which in extreme cases can lead to death.
The NHS recommends that in order to maintain health at a stable rate we should do 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week (that’s walking quickly or cycling) and strength exercises on two or more days a week (that is exercises that work all of your muscles, such as sit ups and press ups).
Swimming, circuit training and aerobics classes like Body Pump and Boxercise combine both of these in one activity.
Regular exercise will ensure that you burn off any excess calories that you may have consumed and may be sitting around waiting to turn into fat and also ensure that your organs continue to work healthily.
Regular exercise also helps you to maintain your strength and agility and can help you to improve your quality of life.
In addition to the physical health benefits, regular exercise also benefits your mental health – a simple 20-30 minute walk each day in the fresh air can make you a happier person, as you are outside taking in the sights and sounds, breathing in fresh air and having an opportunity to clear your mind.
Exercise is also known to make the body release hormones, called endorphins, such as oxytocin and serotonin otherwise known as “the feel good hormones” and this is why it is known to combat things like depression and stress.
The level of exercise stated by the NHS is what is required to maintain a “normal” state of health and body shape. If you want to lose weight or tone up your muscles then you need to do more than that, around double what is prescribed by the NHS.
I give credit for my physical and mental health to my exercise regime, especially my running – this is something I only started in January 2015, thanks to my Personal Trainer at the time, but has revolutionized both my physical and mental well being.
Currently, I do circuit training, in the form of a boot camp type class, on a Saturday and Wednesday at my local gym. These classes last for an hour and are an all body, all organ work out being both aerobic and strength training. I then also do a 40-50 minute run 3-4 times a week, after which I do strength exercises in the form of press ups, sit ups and triceps dips (at least).
Following this has improved my physical appearance, helped me lose weight and allowed me to grow my self-esteem and confidence.
This in turn has improved my mental health and happiness – I am now at a point where stress is very rare and if I do get stressed it is on a very low level and lasts a very short time; I have no worries, as running and exercise in general allow me to free my mind of the days worries and return afterwards with a fresh and clear mind; I am constantly positive and happy, regardless of situation – I feel great constantly and this means that negativity really cannot find a place to stay.
Keeping yourself in this place regularly and consistently is the way to ensure a positive, healthy and happy outlook.
Exercise is one of the most underused antidepressants known to man – go and do it today, you won’t regret it. Start simply (with a walk and some basic exercises) and work your way up.
You will feel unstoppable and when you feel that way, you are that way. You can achieve ANYTHING!!!
3. Eat Nuts – Yes, eat nuts.
Nuts are great for your health (especially the happiness center – the brain) and for your heart; they are jam packed full of nutrients and essential Omega fatty acids.
They are especially rich in Omega-3, Vitamin E, essential fibre and antioxidants, as well as unsaturated fats.
We aren’t talking about dry roasted, honey roasted or salted nuts but raw unprocessed nuts preferably straight from the shell. As most of us are not lucky enough to have nut trees growing in our gardens, the second best option is organic untreated nuts available in every supermarket.
I eat nuts daily, and if I want a real treat then I will mix them with a little dried fruit – cranberries, goji berries, sultanas, raisins, apricot pieces etc.
As little as 10 grams of nuts a day can be enough to lower your risk of heart disease and other illnesses, but people who eat a lot of nuts might have an even lower risk of mortality and developing chronic diseases, including respiratory disease, neuro-degenerative disease, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
One 2010 study notes that “by virtue of their unique composition, nuts are likely to beneficially impact health outcomes.
Epidemiological studies have associated nut consumption with a reduced incidence of coronary heart disease and gallstones in both genders and diabetes in women,” and “studies consistently show that nut intake has a cholesterol-lowering effect.”
Nuts taste great too and different nuts have different effects, for instance almonds are calcium rich and therefore if you avoid dairy (as I do) then these can be a great way to get your required daily intake, the skins of whole almonds also contain heart-protecting flavonoids; brazils are selenium rich, great for a healthy immune system and to aid thyroid function (just 3 or 4 brazils a day is enough to get all of the selenium you need); walnuts are what I call the “happy nut” and have been shown to help in cases of mild depression, they are also rich in antioxidants so are useful in the fight against cancer as we as having heart healing and cholesterol lowering properties.
4. Eat Chocolate
Can being healthy and happy really get any better?!
If you like your milk chocolate, then I’m sorry.
We are talking PLAIN chocolate ONLY I’m afraid – the darker (higher percentage cocoa content) the better.
Also we are not going to be gorging on it – everything in moderation (a 100g bar of dark chocolate = 600 calories)!
It has to be the best health supplement around! I find that I look forward to my little bit of chocolate every day (I favour Green & Blacks), trouble is sometimes I forget to have it and I can’t, make up for it the next day.
There are a few proven health benefits to eating dark chocolate:
• It’s nutritious – loaded with minerals (iron, copper, magnesium and manganese mainly) and has a high soluble fibre content (around 10% of it is soluble fibre)
• It is rich in antioxidants (polyphenols, flavanols and catechins) which fight disease causing free radicals. When tested, cacao and dark chocolate were shown to have more antioxidants than fruits such as blueberries and acai berries
• It may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure mildly – all great for feeling happier as well as being great for the health of your heart and arteries
• It lowers bad cholesterol levels in the blood
• Due to the above, it can help to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease
• Can improve blood flow to the skin and protect it against sun induced damage
• The flavonols in dark chocolate are shown to increase blood flow to the brain, thus improving brain function and capacity, in the short term
• Increases happiness – some of the naturally occurring chemicals in dark chocolate, combine with our own naturally present endorphins (like serotonin and dopamine) to produce feelings of euphoria and excitement (similar to falling in love) when we eat it and our bodies process it
Recommended “dose” – 3 squares (15-20g) per day. You can split it over the course of the day, taking one square 3 times a day, or take it all at once. I tend to take my dosage at once in the late evening, VERY slowly and deliberately. [Exceeding this dosage is greedy and could lead to you putting on weight! So as tempting as it is, please do not do it.]
DO NOT substitute dark chocolate with milk chocolate, because you do not like dark chocolate – milk chocolate is a completely different animal and contains higher levels of fat and sugar than dark chocolate.
The cocoa content in milk chocolate is drastically lower and therefore so are the essential health providing ingredients that we find in high content dark chocolate. I.e. – Milk chocolate is NOT a healthy option.
Last but by no means least, meditation.
Some people combine this with deep breathing or yoga or both for a more intense experience.
Meditation is a deep form of relaxation, and Harvard scientists have completed a study which showed that long term practitioners of such techniques had far more “disease fighting genes” that were active compared to those who did not practice them at all.
f you are not a “long term practitioner” then do not fear – the scientists found that when the control group (who had never practiced such techniques) began to practice deep relaxation methods, “After two months, their bodies began to change: the genes that help fight inflammation, kill diseased cells and protect the body from cancer all began to switch on.” So basically it’s never too late to start!
Health benefits of meditation and deep relaxation include: increased immunity; emotional balance; increased fertility; relief from IBS; lowers blood pressure; anti-inflammatory properties; calmness; with all of these comes an increased sense of inner peace and when we find inner peace we find true consistent happiness.
I meditate for at least 10-15 minutes a day – that’s right it doesn’t have to be a long time – sometimes a lot lot longer.
If you are new to meditation, then I would recommend you find guided meditations via YouTube(there are plenty of them to choose from), take yourself away from everything where there are no distractions, press play, close your eyes, relax and prepare to feel transformed.
There you have it, my 5 a day… 5 daily habits that could keep you happy and healthy. I know that since I combined these 5 and started to practice them daily, I have never been in a better place, both mentally and physically.
My life has been transformed and I hope that yours will be too.
There are now thousands of studies that focus on wellness, extolling the benefits of regular exercise, a healthy diet, adequate sleep and supportive personal relationships.
Over the past 20 years or so, psychologists and other social scientists have learned that regular exercise does much more than improve our physical beings.
Exercise impacts the way we think.
Statistically significant cognitive benefits of regular exercise include:
Greater mental stamina
Regular exercise (defined here as three or four 45-minute gym workouts, one mile swims, or two-mile runs each week) has also been shown to boost self-confidence and cause our central nervous systems to produce endorphins and serotonin, chemicals that are natural mood elevators.
Exercise helps us to think more effectively, work more efficiently and feel happier, more confident and less stressed.
Surprisingly, the time of day that we exercise matters and according to researchers, daytime is best.
A 2008 study revealed that exercising during work hours (or before the work day) improves the ability to manage time; increases one’s productivity; improves our interactions with colleagues; and leaves us still feeling good as we head home at the end of the day.
That said, let’s add self-discipline to the list of exercise benefits.
Early morning exercisers know that it takes steely determination to pull oneself out of bed and head out to the gym on a dark and freezing winter morning, but the payoff is huge.
Your workout will be completed before the events of the day have a chance to derail your schedule and you’ll come to love the energy blast that early morning exercise gives you.
What a feeling of accomplishment you’ll have as you exit your fitness center just after 8:00 AM, showered and dressed and ready to take on the day! I do exactly that four mornings each week (and at 9:00 AM on Saturdays).
Regular exercise benefits everyone and may be especially rewarding for Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs. For us, achieving and maintaining mental and physical stamina are a must. Researchers offer a few suggestions that will support those of you who are about to introduce fitness into your lives:
Find a physical activity that you like, because you will not continue otherwise.
Get a trainer and/or take fitness classes. Commit to learning how to work out in a way that maximizes the benefits and minimizes the risk of injury.
Get social. Talk to people and make friends at your gym.
Join a team if you like team sports. You will be compelled to practice (exercise) and play (more exercise).
I offer you two more suggestions, based on many years of gym membership:
Join a gym that is convenient to your home or office, to make it easy for you to get there.
Early morning is probably the most convenient time to exercise.
Develop your early morning exercise routine in spring time, when mornings are brighter and waking up will be easier.
Not many companies are well versed with camera designs and their tweaks and hence few players are moving towards custom development of board cameras and smart vision sensors based on different processors. Also with the advent of several cameras and camera architectures, companies now have a strong base to build new products.
Some companies can design cameras to customer requirements in short timelines too.
Companies usually face the challenge of meeting hardware and software design specifications of the camera.
High definition images might have to be clicked at regular intervals, sometimes in a fraction of a second! Some companies now opt for drones that would house several cameras, and then try to stitch and synchronize the images simultaneously, so that the shots can be taken from all possible angles.
Also the core challenge here is to reduce the camera size since the product needs to be a marketable product that also needs to be considerably affordable.
For such a camera design, companies strike a balance with its hardware design, PCB design, Bootloader porting, and the efforts expended on Device drive modification, Camera app development and Testing procedures.
The need for integrated camera solutions
Integrated camera solutions with small, lightweight, and inexpensive 5 Megapixel camera with an adequate CMOS sensor is in great demand in the market. These solutions include the snapshot mode and the continuous mode at various resolutions. The MiniSD card works for local storage for such cameras.
The solution also includes an external trigger for Camera synchronization, instinctive photo captures, and the like.
• Embedded processor development including FPGA and ARM processors
• Standard/ Custom mounting options
• Robust enclosures suitable for industrial camera use
• Integrated LED lighting
Types of Cameras for Different Applications
• 3 megapixel Cameras with color and monochrome sensors
• 2K Line Scan Camera compliant with DCAM standard
• VGA cameras with onboard DSP
• Line-scan sensor integrated with DSP
• A PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) High Definition 720p or 1080p 30fps conferencing camera with autofocus
• Linescan camera setup with onboard image processing
Custom cameras are developed for integrate the required sensor, optics or mounts. These cameras also include autofocus feature, lighting setup, enclosure material based on the environment, ruggedness to shocks and vibrations, and adherence to several safety and regulatory compliances.
Benefits offered by integrated cameras and their design proposed by the best vendors
• Reduced time for development: The company’s experience in designing imaging products and solutions is crucial and hence becomes the differentiating factor in the faster process execution of design and building cameras.
• Reduced cost: The platform based development model reduces the cost of development of camera products considerably. Nowadays offshore companies can even lower the cost of development especially if they are developed from scratch.
• Application Support: Support at the application level is crucial especially in context with image processing algorithm development. Years of expertise and experience in imaging and image processing boil down to the efficiency rendered during support. Also a company with resources who have previous system integration experience would relate with customer needs and pain points too.
• Integrated Solutions: Companies who are certified for CE, FCC, and UL will always strive to get the prototype ready based on the design in terms of ingress, temperature, and other specifications.
What Is Cloud Computing and Why You Should Use Cloud Computing
As businesses expand, they begin to experience some really difficult and expensive information technology (IT) challenges. Maintenance of hardware and software facilities can be a pain in the neck with traditional business computing systems. Cloud technologies and services present a smart, user-friendly solution. It’s also cheaper than traditional systems and increases the productivity and workflow of the business.
Cloud computing, by definition, is technology that makes use of the internet and servers centralized in remote data centers to store and maintain data and applications. So, Cloud technology makes computing more efficient by centralizing the storage of data, processing, and bandwidth.
Cloud services and products also allow users to make use of applications and software without installing the application on their personal computers or mobile devices. Users can access their personal files and documents by using any computer or device with internet access. The costs in effort and money spent on maintaining an in-house IT infrastructure is are gradually being replaced with Cloud-based infrastructure. While Cloud-based services are perfect for large enterprises, they’ve also proven ideal for small and medium-sized businesses.
Private Cloud or Public Cloud
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)- Examples of SaaS include SalesForce, Microsoft Office 365, Dropbox, Gmail, and so on. With these services, just login with your credentials and get full access to the application and your previously stored information. With SaaS services, you can access your information anytime, anywhere, as long as you have internet access.
Private Cloud-The term “Cloud computing” or “the Cloud” also includes the utilization of outsourced hosting environments for remote data and file storage. Primarily, there are two cloud hosting scenarios that should be considered. These are shared, virtual servers, or dedicated, private Cloud servers. A private Cloud consists of servers that are dedicated to your company and data. Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services are the largest providers of Cloud hosting solutions.
Why You Should Use the Cloud
Money savings-Cloud computing saves you substantial amount of money, the cost of Cloud computing is much more flexible than traditional methods. If there is need to pay for any service, you only need to pay for the services that you are using.
Disaster Recovery-With Cloud computing, it’s very easy to recover any file as long as they are backed up on the Cloud. So, if your physical devices malfunction, or are lost or stolen, your data is still safe and easily recoverable.
Work anywhere-Cloud computing enables you to access your files from anywhere as long as you’re connected to the internet. Many Cloud services also offer mobile apps so you can have access to your files irrespective of the device you are using.
Reduce Hardware-The use of Cloud computing reduces the amount of hardware used and the size of data centers. Some organizations eliminate physical data storage completely by operating their business totally on the Cloud.
Improved Collaboration- Cloud computing improves collaboration by allowing groups to meet virtually. You can view and edit shared documents and material with controlled access. This ability reduces the time spent to market and increase product development and customer service.