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Story: The Teacher and Her Husband



A teacher after the dinner she started checking homework done by the students. Her husband is strolling around with a smart phone playing his favourite game 'Candy Crush Saga'.
When reading the last note, the wife starts crying with silent tears.
Her husband saw this and asked, 'Why are you crying dear? What happened?'
Wife: 'Yesterday I gave homework to my 1st Standard students, to write something on topic -My Wish-.'
Husband: 'OK, but why are you crying?'
Wife: 'Today while checking the last note, it makes me crying.'
Husband curiously: 'What's written in the note that makes you crying?'
Wife: 'Listen'
My wish is to become a smart phone.
My parents love smart phone very much.
They care smart phone so much that sometimes they forget to care me.
When my father comes from office tired, he has time for smart phone but not for me.
When my parents are doing some important work and smart phone is ringing, within single ring they attend the phone, but not me even...even if I am crying.
They play games on their smart phones not with me.
When they are talking to someone on their smart phone, they never listen to me even if I am telling something important.
So, My wish is to become a smart phone.
After listening the note husband got emotional and asked the wife, 'who wrote this?'.
Wife: 'Our son'.
Gadgets are beneficial, but they are for our ease not to cease the love amongst family and loved ones.
Children see and feel everything what happens with & around them. Things get imprinted on their mind with an everlasting effect. Let's take due care, so that they do not grow with any false impressions.
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Creating Positive Energy In the Home

Humor: Teachers asks



​One day at the end of class, the teacher asks the class to go home and think of a story to be concluded with the moral of that story. The following day the teacher asks for the first volunteer to tell their story.

Little Suzy raises her hand. "My dad owns a farm and every Sunday we load the chicken eggs on the truck and drive into town to sell them at the market. Well, one Sunday we hit a big bump and all the eggs flew out of the basket and onto the road." When the teacher asked for the moral of the story, Suzy replied, "Don't keep all your eggs in one basket."

Little Lucy went next. "My dad owns a farm too. Every weekend we take the chicken eggs and put them in the incubator. Last weekend only eight of the 12 eggs hatched."; Again, the teacher asked for the moral of the story. Lucy replied, "Don't count your chickens before they hatch." 

Finding the Best in Others


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A simple definition of 'spiritual vision' is that I see the best in others. A parameter of proving to myself that I have a spiritual vision and I am seeing the best in others is that I naturally thank and praise rather than criticize those with whom I interact at home or at the workplace on a daily basis - even though I may see obvious negative characteristics in them and experience negative behavior from them.

Keep a daily chart of the three points, for three people close to you, below for one week. Every night, fill this chart up for the day that's just gone by.

1. Name of person and relationship
2. How did I thank or praise him/her?
3. What was this person's response?

Remember that although you may be constantly positive with others, constantly seeing their original spiritual qualities, it may take time for your positive energy to transform them and for them to start transmitting positive energy back to you and start behaving positively with you. At the end of the week, check what benefits did you and others experience from this exercise.



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50 Encouraging Things to Say to Yourself




Marin Psychologist Blog
We all need a bit of encouragement and inspiration sometimes.  In my therapy practice, some of the most common problems I see are clients being hard on themselves, getting caught up in negative thought cycles, not speaking up for themselves, avoiding doing the healthy things, or being scared to feel.  It is important to learn to be a good coach and a good parent to yourself.  If you never had a good parent who understood and encouraged you, you may not know where to start.  Here are some encouraging words you can use.  Pick your favorite ones and pin them on an inspiration board, put stickies on your fridge, or make a flashcard to carry with you so you can use it in times of stress.



  1. You're doing the best you can
  2. Life isn't always fair
  3. Just get started
  4. It's OK to take a break
  5. We don't always get what we want
  6. This too will pass
  7. Today is a new day
  8. It's a bad day, not a bad life
  9. Other people have their issues too
  10. Stick to your healthy routine
  11. Keep your eyes on the goal
  12. You can't control what you think, but you can control what you do
  13. Be kind 
  14. Allow yourself to feel others' opinions even if they are wrong
  15. Express your dissatisfaction constructively
  16. You can't control what other people say or do
  17. Be authentic
  18.  It's OK to set boundaries and stick to them
  19. You don't have to please everybody
  20. Don't listen to your judging mind
  21. Avoidance makes things worse
  22. It takes courage to face your own weaknesses
  23. Treat yourself with compassion
  24. Surround yourself with healthy people
  25. You can get through this
  26. You don't have to be perfect, you just have to try your best
  27. You can learn and grow from your mistakes
  28. Learn from the past, but don't get stuck in it
  29. If your old ways aren't working, try something new
  30. Some things are worth being uncomfortable for
  31. You don't have to tolerate abusive behavior
  32. Don't let anyone or anything control you
  33. Find your own voice
  34. It's OK to feel
  35. Vulnerability can be strength
  36. Take care of your inner child
  37. Tell your inner critic to get lost
  38. Look for love in healthy ways
  39. Stay grounded
  40. Don't compare your insides to someone else's outsides
  41. You can learn to keep yourself safe
  42. Let your values guide you
  43. Ask for support when you need it
  44. Walk your own path but make room for others
  45. Follow your passions. 
  46. Get up again when you fall
  47. Don't judge anybody without understanding their circumstances
  48. Everybody messes up sometimes
  49. Learn to forgive yourself
  50. Respect yourself and others


About The Author



Dr Melanie Greenberg is a psychologist  and life coach in Mill Valley, California who offers individual and couples therapy to clients struggling with mental health issues, relationship issues and life stress.  She also coaches clients on wellness or career issues in person and via the internet.

Visit Dr. Melanie Greenberg's Website to find out more about her services.

5 Types of Restlessness


The first of the five types of restlessness is due to the place you are in. When you move away, you immediately feel better. Chanting, singing, kids playing and laughing can change this atmospheric restlessness. 


The second type of restlessness is in the body. Eating the wrong food or vata aggravating food, eating at odd times, not exercising, and overworking can all cause physical restlessness. The remedy is exercise, moderation in work habits and going on a vegetable or juice diet for one or two days.

 The third is mental restlessness caused by ambition, strong thoughts, likes and dislikes. Knowledge alone can cure this restlessness and of seeing life from a broader perspective, knowledge about the Self and about the impermanence of everything. If you achieve everything, so what? After your achievement, you will die. Knowledge of your death or life, confidence in the Self and in the Divine, calms you down. 

Then there is emotional restlessness, and knowledge doesn't help here. Only wisdom works here. The presence of the wise person calms you down. 

The fifth type is rare — the restlessness; of the soul. When everything feels empty and meaningless, you are very fortunate. That longing and restlessness is the restlessness of the soul. Do not try to get rid of it. Embrace it? Welcome it! Usually to get rid of it, people change places, jobs or partners. It seems to help for some time, but does not last.
 This restlessness of the sout alone can bring authentic prayer in you. It brings perfection, siddhis and miracles in life. It is so precious to get that inner most longing for the Divine. Satsang, the presence of the enlightened one, soothes the restlessness of the soul

Courtesy : The Speakingtree

Story: Two Lines and Vultures



Two Lions with inflated EGO, reached the pool at the same time to drink water.
Both of them wanted to have water first.
A ferocious fight to the finish as to who will drink water first, broke out. Soon they were bloodied all over.
It is then they saw Vultures flying over them, looking down hungrily. Soon they realized their folly, stopped the fight and started Drinking water TOGETHER.


Had they continued to fight, both of them would have been devoured by Vultures.

There is a Lesson for all of us to Learn in this short story.
TOGETHERNESS is Bliss. Together you Achieve More.
Pushed by Ego, when you fight with each other specially for petty things, always remember, Vultures are waiting above or on the sidelines.

Some Interesting Facts


Prayers Tracker for Muslims


Dear Muslim,

Assalam o Alaikum,

Ideally speaking we should not be tracking our prayers as Allah SWT has asked us to perform 5 times daily prayers however we being weak in faith need this kind of tracking tools to remind and audit ourselves for performing the prayers on time (or perform Qaza, if it was missed out)

Please find attached the excel file which you should save on your desktop and start using it on daily basis. The prayer entry is very easy as shown in first snapshot below. All summary and graph sheets are automatically updated making it easy for you to see your stats. However, if you need any guidance, please drop me an email at mjunaidtahir@gmail.com so I can assist you.

Please do share with your friends, family and colleagues to help others become better Muslims and best of human beings because our prayers (if performed nicely) cleanse our soul and take away all mental/spiritual  impurities from us and ultimately make us peaceful, happy and contented human beings.






















Jazak Allah Khair,
Please do remember my family in your prayers.
Let's strive to be good humans and strive to create harmony within our societies and spread the message of peace, love and care with our words and noble acts.

​If you are an android developer and would like to assist me in creating an app for prayer tracker, please contact me to discuss the details.​


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Time For Change


We Dream too Early
And Act too late

We Trust too Early
And Forgive too late

We get Angry too Early
And Apologize too Late

We Give up too Early
And Restart too Late

We Cry too Early
And Smile too Late

SO
CHANGE EARLY

OR
IT WILL BE TOO LATE…

5 'Ps' for a Life of Grace & Dignity




  When, where and in which family we are borne, is not in our hand. We also have to die but once. When, where, how, is also not known to us. Only time in between these two most important events in everyone's life, is in our hand. The time which must be Lived, not spent. How we Live, is in our hands. We can Live a dignified and graceful existence, enjoying what we have and live in Gratitude for that. All wants in life can never be fulfilled. Fulfill one and many others crop up making it vicious circle, a never ending process. So the best is to enjoy what you have but keep trying for more and better. Remain in Action mode with right intentions. Do not think about results, the awards which will automatically come. As in cricket, runs will keep coming as long as you stay at the wicket.

While you focus on staying at the wicket, remember the following FIVE 'Ps':

1. PRAYER : When you walk the way guided by humanly desires and selfish motifs, you will find hopeless end. But if you walk the way guided by Goodness, God and Spirituality, you will find endless hope and unlimited opportunities. We have to appreciate the doings of our creator, who has gifted us umpteen wonderful things. Just count your blessings. Life is an endless joy if you embrace positivity and look for good in your heart and prayer on your lips. Just fill your heart and mind with gratitude for the One who has provided so many things of joy and happiness.
   PRAYER is to keep your Connectivity with your God. Prayer is the Mobile which connects you with Him. It never fails, needs no recharge and always in five stick signal mode. Our parents provide us our physical body but 'soul', 'consciousness' or 'atman'  empower us to LIVE, is provided by God. We presume that 'soul' comes from Him for a specified period. After which it has to return to Him. So we must always keep our connectivity with out mentor, our creator through Prayer. And Prayer is not just taking His name robotically, doing rituals, visiting places of worship only but with focus, pure thoughts, deep connection and deep conversations with God during prayers. Best Prayers which bring us closer to our God, are our Good Deeds, Kindness, Compassion, Help-share-care-serve attitude towards those not born as lucky as us. That's why it is written above 'walk the way guided by Goodness, God and Spirituality to find endless hope and unlimited opportunities'.

2. PARENTING: To conceive, give birth, bring up the child, is the responsibility entrusted to parents by our creator. That's the way, this world has been running for millions of years and shall keep running for more millions. Through Parenting, Good or bad, we teach our children how to Live. Parenting is not an obligatory act. Everyone has to do it when their turn comes. Many parents in their old age, when their children do not take proper care of them, blame their off-springs, which is not totally correct. The fault also lies in their quality of Parenting. There is so much selfishness, greed, intolerance, impatience and other countless vanities in our society these days. Main reason for our society's present turmoil is faulty Parenting by which we have created a society or people without ethics, civic sense, values, consideration for others and other virtues on which a progressive society is based.
   Childhood isare  like the foundation of a highrise building or roots of banyan tree. These have to be strong so that a strong society can be built. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Life has to be lived on long term not short. Hence instil good habits, ethical values, selflessness, generosity, kindness, consideration for others during childhood so that people have strong foundation of values which are totally missing in our society these days which is the root cause of individual and collective unrest and turmoil.

3. POSITIVITY: Nature has given us total negativity as birthday gift. Positivity has to be instilled, best done in childhood. But you are an adult. How best to cope up with inherent negativity at this stage? Be Positive, but how? What do you mean by Positivity?
   Well, adopt an Attitude of Gratitude, to start with. Gratitude towards God, your parents, your family, teachers, society and country. Say 'Thank You' and make it your favourite word. Negativity in mostly insignificant small things like not appreciating anything good, always harping on bad or expecting bad to happen, blaming and criticizing as if there are rewards for that, habit of complaining and grumbling, losing temper, uncooperative attitude towards colleagues, being selfish and greedy, back-biting and umpteen such vanities which make us unpopular and unpleasant to be with. Maintain your dignity and grace. Be helpful and kind, say less,listen more. Do not compare with others and of course, have least expectations. You are decidedly towards an incredible goal called Positivity. You will find Positive people being liked and revered while negative, shunned.

4. PATIENCE: Patience is controlled behaviour, to remain calm and cool in difficult & unpleasant situations. World is full of provocations which leave us with two options, react or respond. When we react angrily, we expose ourselves, lose energy which could be better used to meet the challenge coolly with all the faculties at our command. However, when we respond positively, goodwill and well-being is generated, helping us to meet the same situation with poise. Patience may be bitter at times, but it's fruit is always sweet. Best life-long gift you can give to your children is 'being Patient with others'.  Patience is an acquired virtue and home is the place where this virtue is leaned for lifelong effect.

5.  PERSEVERANCE: Perseverance in Effort and Patience in wait will win the race. Perseverance is to keep trying. Try, try and try again and again, till you succeed. Never accept defeat and if you don't accept defeat, you are never defeated. Action only is in our hands, not the awards. So best is to detach your thoughts from results and concentrate 100% on action. Then only best action can be performed which produces best result. We became independent because one man was persistent in his effort for his goal, freedom for his country, India. Person was Mahatma Gandhi. But for his persistence, not only us but the whole world might have been slave of various empires. Nelsen Mendela. But for his non-violent war against apartheid, there would have been no freedom majority of its citizens in South Africa. 'Never give in, never, never, never,' as Winston Churchill used to say.   
Source: Unknown
 

Learning from Difficulties


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Most times, when we are faced with a difficult task, we tend to get confused and afraid. On the other hand, when we look at it as an opportunity, we are able to not only complete the task, but also discover a new quality of ours. Recognition by others, may or may not come, but that will not bother us.

Today I will take up something that I have never done before. I will either do it by myself or will take the help of others. To take help from others itself is an art. So either way, I will be richer with one new quality by the time I finish the task.

Busy? Press The Stop Button!


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To rise above the monotonous and busy existence we all require a regular dosage of newness to keep our hearts and minds fresh. How can we define newness? It is a change of thoughts, feelings, words, actions, circumstances – when all or some of these deviate from the normal or are new, they give us an experience of joy. On a physical level we go on a holiday or a picnic etc., all of these and many more such activities explained earlier in this message series, achieve the purpose mentioned above. We then get back to our daily routine of thoughts and actions, with more freshness, which makes the routine more interesting.

On a spiritual level, to become silent, to be still in the ocean of hectic, noisy action is a choice many people are now making. When this is achieved, this stillness acts on the mind like oxygen, giving the breath to both understand and enrich life. Of course, action is a necessity, an expression of ourselves through time, relationships and the roles we play. However, if we do not sometimes stop and take a breath of silence, then the mind begins to suffocate, thoughts speed like bullet trains and the brain feels as if it is in a pressure cooker.

Emotions erupt and react like volcanoes, eyes become dizzy with mountains of information and the head feels like a rollercoaster. This is stress. The mind needs to come up for air, to leave the jungle of pressure, deadlines and speed and slow down and find the point of silence within. Also a daily dose of new and different spiritual knowledge at the start of the day does the work of newness and helps us rise above the monotony. It rekindles our creative spirit. Newness in our thoughts then flows into our feelings, beliefs, attitudes, personalities or natures, perceptions, actions, interactions, relationships, etc. bringing newness in all of them and removing the stagnancy of the regular routine.Also feeding spiritual knowledge to the mind benefits silence or meditation immensely, because meditation, which is not just a process of reducing the mind to a nil stage but the creation of positive, constructive thoughts to take the mind to a positive experience of peace and bliss, can then become an interesting, new and creative exercise each time one practices it. Spiritual knowledge is the foundation of good meditation or silence. 


Wasteful Thoughts



To be free from wants is to be free from waste. 
Expression: The one who is free from wants is the one who is free from expectations. When there are no expectations, there is not too much thought about what is not there or what should be there. Since the mind is free from all these kind of waste thoughts, whatever is done is the best.

Experience: When I am free from wants or desires, I am able to always remain content. I can then appreciate and enjoy everything that comes my way, and do not expect anything both from situations and people. So the mind is free from waste thoughts and questions. 

Ambition and Performance Linked with Frustration Or Success



When Ambition Exceed Performance
The gap is called Frustration
When Performance exceed Ambition
The Overlap is called SUCCESS.
Learn to know the Difference…

Some of the Best Smart Door Locks


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Everyone wants to feel safe and secure in his or her own home, but security means different things to different people. Plus, it depends on where and how you live: flat or a house, city or country, quiet or coming and going, alone or with family or flatmates.
With the proliferation of smart home devices flooding the market in the past few years, and with the Internet of Things growing by the day, there has been a lot of attention given to smart home security.
It's a big category at industry trade shows, with many products already selling well and even more in development. All of these devices do different things to enhance the safety and security of your home, but which one is right for you?
We've compiled a list of some of the best smart door locks, both available now and coming out soon, that we think are worthwhile.

Security is Personal, Smart is Eternal: Smart Door Locks

It used to be that if you lost your keys, you were simply locked out. It also used to be that if you had friends coming over, you either had to be home to let them in or give them a key. Plus, if a burglar could pick your lock, he (or she) could simply walk right into your home and take anything.
Now, however, smart door locks are reinventing the whole concept of safe access. You don't need a physical key because you can use your smartphone as a key. And, depending on the model of smart lock you choose, you'll have access to lots of features in addition to just a simple door lock.
If you're an Airbnb host, a smart lock may prove to be a fabulous investment. Here are some smart door locks to check out.
smart door locks are reinventing the whole concept of safe access.

1. Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock

You probably already know the name Kwikset. They're a leader in home locks, so it makes sense for them to get into the smart lock game early. The Kevo is a pretty good offering, using BlueTooth to grant access. In fact, if your smartphone holds your e-key, you don't even need to hold it up; keep it in your purse or pocket, touch the lock with your finger, and you're in. This saves a lot of fumbling around.
The Kevo works with iPhones and a select number of Android Lollipop devices by Nexus, Samsung, and HTC. (We're guessing, or perhaps hoping, that more extensive Android support is on the way soon.) For family members who don't have a smartphone, it's no problem: an old fashioned key can be used, as can a key fob.
The lock has inside versus outside detection, and when you touch it to lock or unlock the door, the lights on the unit lets you know that it's working.
Kwikset locks are highly pick resistant.
Other features include notifications, which you can set up to let you know whenever someone enters or exits your home, plus compatibility with other smart home devices like the Nest thermostat. (For example, you can program Nest to turn down when you leave the house.) And, like other Kwikset locks, it's highly pick resistant.
While it's a bit pricey — it's on Amazon.com for around $199 — it's a quality smart lock from a longtime lock manufacturer. Unfortunately the Kevo smart lock is not available in the UK as of this writing.

2. August Smart LockAugust Smart Lock

At $250 USD (so, about £165), the August Smart Lock isn't cheap either. However, it seems to be the smart lock model turning the most heads. Like the other smart locks mentioned here, it's completely keyless, and using the app for iOS or Android, it lets you extend and cancel digital keys as you need to. The app will keep track of comings and goings for you, and you can turn on notifications to let you know when they happen.
The August Smart Lock works mostly over BlueTooth rather than wifi, so even if the power's out or your internet's down, the lock will still work. However, if you want to control the lock remotely, you'll need the corresponding wifi Bridge, which will run you another $50 USD (£33).
It fits over your existing deadbolt (as long as it's compatible, but the list of compatible locks is a pretty long one), so installation isn't a big deal.
To power the unit itself, it uses AA batteries. Yes, they'll eventually run out, but the app will let you know when it's time to replace them.
There is no official retailer for the August Smart Lock in the UK yet.
Additional Reading: Preview – August Smart Lock

3. Goji Smart Lock

Goji Smart LockThe Goji Smart Lock was riding high after a hugely successful $300,000+ USD campaign in the summer of 2013, but then it got plagued with delays — serious delays. Really, it's about a year overdue, so while we can't provide any actual usage reports, the product looks like it will be fantastic when it's finally here, and is therefore worth a mention.
Like the other products in this category, Goji uses your phone to lock and unlock the door, and you can set up auto-unlock when you're within close proximity. More than that, you can set up auto lock after the door shuts behind you, so you'll never wake up in the middle of the night wondering if the door is locked.
For kids and other family members who don't carry smartphones, there are corresponding Goji fobs that can be used, and an actual key is included as a backup. (Just don't lock it in the house.) You can send keys — with start and stop access times — via text message, and you can turn on phone notifications so you'll know when they get used.
One especially cool feature is that you can see a picture of who's at your door: there's a camera on the exterior part of the lock that will send it to you. Now that's secure! Of course, you can always check the door log.
The Goji itself is the best looking smart lock we've seen, with a text readout for a personalised welcome rather than simple lights. And, if you're really in a jam, Goji has 24 hour support, so you can report a stolen phone to disable its access or get back in if you're truly locked out. Goji is relatively easy to set up, it works via wifi, and it runs on batteries; the app lets you know when they're running low.
there's a camera on the exterior part of the lock that will send you a picture of who's at your door.
The device itself is still on pre-order, so actual use may prove all of this to be false, but it looks extremely promising.
It's also pricey: $299 USD (around £200), and fobs are an extra $40 (£26). We're told it will be available soon.

4. Lockitron Bolt + Bridge

At $99 USD (£65), the Lockitron is the most affordable smart lock we can recommend, and it's quite good to boot. It's a two part system: the Bolt is the actual door lock, and the Bridge is a small brick-like device that connects the Lockitron Bolt to the internet so you can lock and unlock it from anywhere.
You can also change your password remotely, so if you lose your phone, the security of your home isn't compromised. The lock unit also uses BlueTooth, so if your power or wifi cut out, you can still get into your home with your phone.
The Lockitron system is easy to install, compatible with iOS and Android, and runs on four AA batteries (the app will tell you when they need to be replaced). It keeps an activity log, and you can add and delete access as needed, plus it has a Key Match system that allows you to keep your current set of house keys even after you install Lockitron.
The whole system looks quite promising, and it's expected to be available soon.

5. Okidokeys

Okidokeys smart lockYou have to forgive the ridiculous sounding name on this smart lock, but once you do, you've got a decent device that works a lot like the other ones already mentioned here. Your smartphone is your key, though there are smart reader fobs and access wristlets for the kids and other family members who don't have a phone. You can even turn on hands-free mode so you can walk right in as long as your phone is nearby.
Okidokeys is available in the UK and works with Android, iOS, and pretty much any phone, even if it's not smart, and it also works with a corresponding portal. It's BlueTooth, which offers a number of advantages over wifi. Like the other smart locks, you can turn on notifications for what someone enters or leaves.
Plus, add on devices can be used to open garage doors, secure large gates, and more; the box simply includes the nit with doorbell and an alarm that lets you know if and when someone is about to break in.
There are a few downfalls. For starters, the lock is sort of noisy to operate, and the hands-free mode needs to be turned on every time you want to use it so it's always prepared. Okidokeys starts at $189 USD for the basic package, and there are upcharges for bigger packages, extra fobs, a smart reader, and others.
Still Okidokey's is a good first smart door lock.

6. Haven Lock

Haven Lock - smart locksThe Haven Lock destroys the old paradigm of locking a door with a deadbolt. Instead, this lock is a strip that's installed on the floor at the interior base of any exterior door. It's quite strong, made of steel, glass, reinforced nylon, and aluminium.
Basically, it's a more stable way of preventing your door from being kicked in — a 21st Century version of the chair up against the doorknob. The Haven uses the entire home for stability and reinforcement to keep the door from being opened by an unwelcome visitor.
This lock works with smartphones plus a number of other wearables as well. It uses wifi and BlueTooth, and it senses when you are in close proximity so it can safely unlock the doors.  The Haven Lock integrates with a number of home automation Internet of Things systems too, making it even more convenient.
You can pre-order a Haven Lock for $219 (about £145) — pricey, yes, but if you live in an area where break-ins are common, this device may help to keep you safe.

7. Danalock

danalock125_EURO-on-white-door-iPhone-in-hand_wide5This app-driven smart lock from Denmark wins big in the looks department. It's an elegant black circle with small lights that fits over the deadbolt that's already in your door. Set up is perhaps a bit trickier than other smart locks, but once it's on there, it's on there. One advantage that Danalock has over some of the competition is that it can use z-wave technology in addition to BlueTooth.
Using the corresponding app (for iOS and Android), you can lock and unlock the door, give out e-keys, get alerts, and change preferences. But perhaps the coolest feature on Danalock is its knock to unlock feature, which, true to its name, allows you to unlock your door by knocking on your smartphone. It's probably no easier than just tapping on "unlock" in the app's interface, but if you miss the old fashioned gestures associated with analog locks and doors, this is a nice touch.
As for cost, you can buy Danalock in the UK for a bit less than some of its competitors at around £120. However, some users have complained that it's not as fast to respond as they'd like — a factor to consider if you're usually in a hurry to get in your home.

8. RemoteLock

RemoteLockAt first glance, RemoteLock looks like one of those high-tech locks from ten or 15 years ago in that it has a keypad! However, don't be fooled: this is a fully-fledged wifi-enabled smart lock that can do everything the others can do and then some. It's meant to replace whatever deadbolt you already have on your door, so there's a bit of DIY installation involved, but it's designed to be straightforward for the average user.
Once it's up and running, you can use the RemoteLock app to lock and unlock your door and issue codes. Here's where the keypads come into play: instead of issuing virtual keys, you can issue codes to anyone, even if they don't have a smartphone. What's more, you can put qualifiers on these codes so that they work just once, or only on Thursdays, or whatever. When codes are used, you'll get a notification.
The RemoteLock isn't cheap, with a retail price of $249.95 USD (about £160), but the code feature is a nice one, especially if you'll be granting access to individuals who don't carry smartphones (or leave your home without your own smartphone in tow).

9. Sesame Smart Lock

The big appeal of the Sesame smart lock is that you can install it in seconds. Rather than replacing any of your door's hardware, Sesame just fits over whatever you've got, without any tools or screws required. In fact, Candy House, the maker of Sesame, claims that it will work with any latch anywhere in the world. If that doesn't sound like a challenge, we don't know what does.
Anyway, Sesame works via BlueTooth or wifi (the wifi is optional and helps to prolong battery life) and is controlled via its corresponding app, which is simple and easy to use. You can lock or unlock your door, knock to unlock (either on your phone or on the door itself, depending on how you have your Sesame configured), and grant access to anyone with a smartphone. You'll get notifications if someone enters or leaves, and if you're concerned about security, you'll rest easy knowing that Sesame has military-grade encryption.
Sesame won't make you feel like Ali Baba, but it will make your home security a little bit easier. And, it's affordable, at just $99 USD (about £64) for the lock itself or $149 (£96) for the lock plus the wifi access point.

10. Kisi Smart Lock

kisi smart lockWhile most smart locks are aimed at homeowners and property owners, Kisi is intended for office use. It's a cloud managed security system designed for lots of users (like employees) and spaces that need to be secure despite lots of comings and goings. Access logs are easy to see, keys can be extended and removed, and rules can be put into place for each key.
Like many office products, Kisi is priced out of reach of the typical homeowner. That's OK, though — this is an office product. While there is a buy-outright option for $349 USD (about £225), it's pretty limited in terms of scope and support. The company appears to be more interested in selling a tiered monthly subscription for either $149 or $249 per month.
Currently, Kisi is available in the US. However, we think it's got potential to go worldwide and be used in workplaces all over the globe.

Alternatives for Apartment Dwellers

What if you want a smart lock but don't live in a private residence? The installation of the solution mentioned below does need to be approved by a landlord or apartment owner. However, it provides convenience to every building inhabitant and to the service workers who need to enter the building. Plus, it creates an added value to the building, making it more appealing to prospective tenants — a huge advantage for the owner.

Kiwi Ki

colourful kiwi ki unitsDesigned by German company Kiwi, the relatively new Ki System is smart lock for apartment buildings. And even though it's a relatively new product, it's already in place and working on over 100 apartment buildings in Berlin and Hamburg. The way it works is both simple and familiar: the Kiwi sensor goes on the building door (it's installed by a Kiwi-authorised technician), and anyone who needs to get in is given a transponder, or a Ki. This includes you, your flatmates or family, and any frequent guests, but it also includes people like mail carriers and service workers.
Just like starting a car with a push button ignition, the Ki can stay in your pocket, and when it's close to the sensor, the door unlocks. With the Kiwi app, authorised users can grant or remove access; simply having a Ki does not guarantee that a door with a corresponding sensor will open. This is extremely helpful in the case of lost Ki fobs, as they can simply be deactivated. (You can order a new one for €25, or £17.60.) Plus, the Kis are very small, thin, and lightweight, so they're easy to carry.
Kiwi has taken all precautions to ensure the fullest security of its system. It works using random number generation, which means that the Ki signal cannot be copied. In fact, Kiwi's system architecture is in compliance with some pretty strict international security standards: those of online banking.
Currently, the Kiwi Ki system's target audience is owners of apartment buildings. It costs approximately €400,00, or £280. The company is currently installing units in Germany, but it's likely that it will be available to other countries in the EU soon.

The Best Smart Door Lock UK?

With so many smart locks on the market and available in the UK, it's tough to pick a best one. We like the August Smart Lock for its ease of use, simple design, and complete functionality. Then again, we like the affordability of Sesame Smart Lock and Lockitron, the latter of which is finally expected to ship next month. And while we're most interested in finally checking out a Goji, it's almost a year overdue. The company says it will ship soon, but then again, we've heard that before.
Plus, there are others on the market that need some tweaking before they're ready for a solid mention, like the Canary Smart Security System, which pulled in almost $2 million USD on Indiegogo in the summer of 2013 but has been lackluster in actual performance so far.

Clearly, home security is an aspect of smart home automation in which people are quite interested. In addition to all of the kits and devices mentioned here, there are lots more in the works.

Our best advice? Compare your needs and your budget with the locks' features and pricing. You're bound to find something that will fit your door, fit your life, and fit your budget, and make house keys a thing of the past forever.
Whichever smart lock you choose – stay safe.
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HR: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for Employee Engagement



This month's post is a little different as I explore the psychoanalytical side behind Employee Engagement. The story starts with the eminent psychologist Abraham Maslow and his much lauded (and later criticised) hierarchy of needs model.

Maslow argued that individuals needed to satisfy basic needs such as warmth, safety and security in order to then realise their own personal growth and development. The same theory can be applied to how an organisation treats and engages with their staff.
For many people the basic needs of a job are that the salary allows them to pay the bills and live a lifestyle they have become accustomed to. Having a sense of financial independence is innate in almost all of us with very few people brave enough to run a risk and disregard monetary reward in favour of other factors. For many of us this is SURVIVAL.
Next comes a sense of stability and what is commonly known as job SECURITY. Given the volatile nature of the job market, most people fear the thought of losing their job and the prospect of having to join the unemployment line. Whilst the concept of a 'job for life' is all but dead, people generally crave security and structure in the workplace – and much like salary would put this above other aspects of a job.
Let's face it, whilst we may like to think we're motivated by other criteria, the two questions we often ask when reading job ads are "what's the pay?" and "is it a permanent position?". When these two things don't meet our needs the job instantly becomes less attractive to us.
Many larger employers have no issues satisfying those needs, especially when it comes to higher level positions. A big company recognises the importance of attracting the best talent. But what do you do once you have them? This is where Maslow's needs theory really comes into play. The next level in the needs hierarchy is a sense of BELONGING and holding trust and acceptance within a group. Organisational structures generally follow a team principle so creating a sense of camaraderie should just come naturally right? As the graph demonstrates, employees need to feel like they are part of something bigger but that they are also valued and their contribution is valuable to the business. This can only be achieved by instilling those beliefs from the top-down whilst also creating a sense of parity between staff and senior management.


This leads us on to the thing that really enables individuals to engage with their job and the company they work for – a sense that their contribution is IMPORTANT. This feeling of significance, especially within a large company is absolutely vital if a member of staff is going to feel any real affinity and advocacy towards their paymasters. If you make your staff feel as though they are integral to the company's values and goals then that's when you have reached the high engagement holy grail.
Source: hrzone