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Top 10 essential facilities to be considered in equipping a modern home

Top 10 essential facilities to be considered in equipping a modern home

Homes are places of refuge, solitude, and comfort. Ideally, your home should be where you feel more comfortable than any other place. However, this comfort depends largely on the tools and appliances found in the home. If the home is equipped with the right tools to fit your behavior and living pattern, it makes living far less stressful. There are some appliances and facilities that transcend all living patterns which every home should have. These appliances are sure to take some of the stress off your shoulders and can even take care of specific tasks on their own. Want a modern home? Let’s look at some of these facilities.

1. Home Gym

This facility is for those who have very demanding jobs and still insist on keeping themselves in optimal body shape. The trip to the gym is exhausting and inconvenient. To save some time, you could have a gym built inside your home. This means you don’t have the usual twice-a-week drive to the local gym. It also increases productivity and you get more time to exercise right there in the comfort of your own home. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

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2. Range Hoods

A range hood is a useful cooking tool. Basically, it removes smoke and other cooking smells before they spread all through your home. They are typically installed above the stove, and they use external ventilation to direct smoke and odor outdoors.

3. Stack Lightning

When the smart-home innovations began, one problem they went after was the control of lighting around the home. However, Stack is completely redefining this process with an awesome line of electric bulbs that automatically adjust to you. Stack bulbs are equipped with built-in motion detectors, meaning they are aware of your presence or absence) in a room. You won’t ever have to flip a switch in your home. The light intensity of these bulbs will also shift throughout the day, starting with a crisp white setting that will prove useful in waking you up, and they gradually move to a warmer tone in the evening, offering a complete feeling of relaxation. These lights will also adjust to the natural light intensity of the room, and offer excellent power saving features so you won’t have to replace them frequently. Efficient and pocket-friendly.

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4. Broadband Internet

Broadband is an extremely fast and wonderful way of surfing the internet, depending on your current location. Broadband is a must-have for a modern home and is available in different forms. There are many broadband service providers in the market today. One popular option is comparetv.com.au. They offer reliable broadband internet and their plans are also very pocket-friendly.

5. SkyBell Video Doorbell

Answering your door has never been more convenient. With SkyBell, you see the faces of your guests before they come into your home. It also offers full high-definition display, night vision, motion detectors, and full audio support, making it possible to communicate with whoever is at your door. Skybell includes a quiet mode (basically disabling the doorbell) and a live feed, so you can monitor what is going on in front of your home.

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6. Google Home

Make running your home as easy as it can get with the Google Home, a Wi-Fi activated smart home hub. This awesome device connects to other appliances in your home. In a nutshell, the Google Home is a tiny speaker tower that is activated by voice command (and touch control) and can perform tasks such as setting alarms, surfing the web, playing music and checking the weather.

7. August Smart Lock

This device, like other related smart security measures, helps you remotely control your door. It has an added advantage over other security devices as it goes over your deadbolt instead of replacing it completely. Also, with a compatible August Connect Accessory, you can instruct the smart lock to let certain people into the house, whether you’re physically present or not.

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8. Sonos Play:1

The Sonos Play:1 is an all-out music player. It’s a full-blown Wi-Fi sound system that has the ability to stream music from Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and other streaming services. Although you’ll need the Sonos app for this sound system to work optimally, it is still a wonderful choice if you’re looking to set up an awesome sound system for your home.

9. Nest Smart Thermostat

This smart home blockbuster controls the entire temperature of your home irrespective of whether you’re home or not. By studying your schedule and preferences, it maintains a specific temperature while you’re not at home. It learns fast (usually within one week) and after the learning process has been finished, it sets out automatically controlling the temperature of different rooms in your home as suits your preferences.

10. LG HomeChat

The LG HomeChat also controls other devices in your home. The only difference between this and other smart home appliances is the fact that while the others control devices autonomously, the HomeChat sends you notifications in chat-forms on your mobile phone and makes changes and modifications to connected devices upon your approval.

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The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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