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I Dare You to “Make Your Own Neural Network in Python” (Book Review)

If you’re a developer and expect deep expert insights about machine learning and neural networks, this “Make Your Own Neural Network in Python” review is not for you.

But if you are a tech addict and like reading and learning about new software applications, then this will most likely hit a spot. If you like to improve general knowledge on the matter, then you may find this reading experience useful as well. 

The Special Spot for Neural Networks in Machine Learning

Alongside developments in the complex field of AI in recent years, machine learning (ML) went from an emerging to mainstream technology. It will become even more essential as the years go by.

In parallel, I’ve asked myself many questions about what machine learning is and what is all the fuss about it – will computers truly be able to learn as humans do? Can they replicate learning from an example? Are we looking at a doomsday where machines take over?

I was sure that this last scenario is not likely to take place, but I was still curious about the essential differences between machine learning (ML) algorithms and existing code. 

Although conventional algorithms are not that simple, they can be packed into neat boxes for classification purposes.

How Are ML Algorithms Different Than the Rest of Computer Code

But a machine learning algorithm is one of a kind. It doesn’t require continuous instructions by the coder – it is rather capable of instructing itself on the principle of learning from example by trial and error.

And as the machine goes through the process of making sense of the input data, it improves by one sort of a sieving process, leaving the coarse mistakes behind, and making fewer and tinier mistakes as it goes forward and generates the desired output.

This is, of course, an analogy and not an expert elaboration of how machines learn. It is an aspect that relates to neural networks, as well. 

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With visual aids, sketches, and diagrams, the authors Michael Taylor and Mark Koning explain a substantial segment of machine learning – neural networks, which is a sub-segment of deep learning. If you don’t have some programming background (and I don’t) it won’t be as easy to delve into the details.

Nevertheless, this is not only a coding book, but a text that ventures into the math and the logic of neural networks and can be interesting for someone with a mathematical or data science background.

Neural Networks Architecture

Again, if you are not a Python developer or don’t have another experience with creating algorithms, you will still find the book useful, but maybe only partially.

However, you do need to have some knowledge of high-level math – matrices and complex functions, and statistics – regression principles, for instance, to be able to decipher the logic of neural networks explained in this text.

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Here is what I gained from this book:

  • Understanding of the concentric circles around neural networks, with them being the center-most, while AI being the outermost layer, with deep learning and machine learning positioned in-between.
  • Key terminology about neural networks, for example – nodes, synapses, connections, layers, and the ability to identify synonyms, for example, node=neuron.
  • Why deep learning is called “deep” and what are hidden, input, and output layers.
  • What is supervised, unsupervised, and semi-supervised machine learning
  • The critical value of partial derivatives and why you need to understand them before reaching out for this book to build upon that knowledge and make your own network.

Thanks to my neverending interest in psychology, the last point was intriguing for me. Neural networks are structurally set to correspond to the neuron synapses in the human brain, thus the similar technology. I haven’t seen many visual presentations of how neural networks work, but I like this one. 

Once I was done with the reading, it became clear that this field has only scratched the surface and that there are many new insights skilled experts need to make before we have a better grasp of it.

Now, will I be able to make my own neural network? Absolutely not. But will I read about technology development and innovations with a bit more confidence and acumen behind me? A definite yes.

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“Jobs for Robots” by Jason Schenker: How to Make Yourself Irreplaceable in the Age of Robotics

Informed in one way or another, we all await for the faraway future to welcome robots on a grand scale. But robots are coming faster than we can tell. In fact, robots are already here and now it’s the best time to start preparing yourself for what once seemed only a distant possibility on the horizon. 

We had a poignant but necessary history lesson about the first time machines took over jobs from people. Similarly, a new lesson won’t be pleasant for the unprepared worker. Therefore, if you want to think middle and long-term, it’s time to train your coping skills about the age of the fourth industrial revolution when robots take a stronger hold on our lives. Despite this murky start, this is not an apocalyptic review, we’ll get to more of the bright side at the end.

In case you were wondering when will that be, don’t hold your breath for too long. It’s beginning now. 

I see it everywhere – the buzz about robots, artificial intelligence, Universal Basic Income (UBI), and the accompanying job changes. If you are just a bit like me and read entrepreneurial, business, tech or finance magazines then you can make use of the book “Jobs for Robots” in more than one way. Even if your common literature is mainstream lifestyle magazines, you probably haven’t missed an article or two about robotics and automation. I guess you’ve used a kiosk or talked to Alexa – in that case, you’ve interacted with a robot. 

Ever used a self-service checkout machine? Have you considered that behind the simple DIY cashier is a human who has lost a job? The latter may be or may not be true. After all, many cashiers are now customer service agents in a different way, focusing more on the human interaction aspect of the job.

But for many jobs of the current present, the science of robotics is working on their replacements or improvements. Many jobs are forever lost at the same time while new ones are being created. Some jobs will thrive and others won’t survive at all. What’s Schenker’s stance on the doomy-gloomy vs. the utopian outlook on robots?

It is somewhere in-between Robocalypse and Robotopia, and he seems to know what he is talking about. 

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Jason Schenker is an authoritative predictor of economic and social trends and comes with a long list of degrees, certifications, and references from reputable sources. Even if you don’t agree with him about everything – and I don’t, for example, I find his view on UBI too conservative and restrictive – you will reap a lot of benefits from listening to his tips about making yourself irreplaceable in the robotics era. 

Building on his past experience in predictive economics, the meaningful insights picked up in past work, and a comprehensive list of web resources on the topic at hand, Schenker gives several clues to help you sail to the other side of the robotics age. 

You will become more aware of how job trends are interdependent with tax policies, social security, debt, new technologies, as well as how past economic cycles repeat, and how to learn from them. Jobs with a human touch are not jeopardized. If you are in healthcare, you are most likely to thrive in the future. But many low-skill, low-income, and low-education jobs will disappear – so there is a risk if you belong to one of the occupations under these categories.

One example of substantial transformation is jobs in transportation, including a very well known robot – the driverless car. As another example of human-replacing machines, Schenker mentions kiosks – for cupcakes even – and positions them in the future work as machines people will be happy to use. 

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Finally, I’m not so happy with Schenker’s saying “Busy people are happy people” because he connects happiness to having something to do.

Many busy people are anxious people, using their jobs as anxiety drivers or curtains, and are very unhappy. I wouldn’t give someone a job only to keep that person so occupied as to not be able or have time to notice their misery!

Future automation jobs will require education and you need to prepare for a steep learning curve. In a nutshell, Schenker’s advice to survive in the automation era comes down to three elements: work in an evergreen industry, learn valuable skills, and keep moving from jobs, companies, and locations.

It’s a book that gives yes to novelty and alertness, and no to complacency, a proven tactic for growth and avoiding unpleasant circumstances such as getting fired or becoming redundant.   

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Questioning the Limits of Human Fertility

When it comes to creations of various kinds, nothing is as generous, as fertile and as persistent as nature. If you want to picture nature’s fertility, think of the acacia and the linden trees in spring and early summer.

In a very similar way, our female bodies, minds and souls are full of creative potential even before we are born. All women are creators by nature. Our biological bodies directly contribute to nature’s creativity.

Creativity is not restricted only to biology. We carry not only more than enough egg cells to bear and raise new lives for as long as we live, but also a limitless well of ideas. If we start to really think about it, we can hardly cope with the scope of the number of all eggs that live in our ovaries and the ideas that come to our minds.

How Much Do We Know About the Miracle of Human Conception

The meeting of the egg and the sperm cell is one of the greatest miracles in the whole universe. When the fertilization and conception take place, miniature pieces of living material are driven by an innate, self-propellant force that takes them to the final formation – growth of a human being.

Watching this creation as it takes place can only be compared to the beauty of a solar eclipse or a volcanic eruption. Yet, because it happens on a micro level, which is also a very intimate and a very personal experience, we are not able to see this beauty in full, unless we use cameras. (Un)fortunately, there is no live transmission of this show. And, probably, that is for the best and how things should be.

When we are 5-month fetuses in our mother’s womb, we have 6 to 7 million eggs. At birth, that potential is down to one to two million. In puberty, we reach to 400 thousand eggs, and when we live to get to 36 years old, the number drops down to around 35,000. Despite the dramatic decrease, this number is still huge. We have tens of thousands of more eggs than we can even bring to life.

Breaking the Fertility Standstill with Revolutionary Research

We don’t give enough credit to the nature and its power of regeneration. It was always thought that we are unable to produce additional eggs to the already inborn capacity. This definite number of eggs was thought to be the end of our fertility potential.

The theory of limited fertility is at the core of all clinical research undertaken in the area in the last fifty years.

In 2004, this univocal approach has been broken by a controversial research example. Dr. Jonathan Tilly, associated with academic giants such as Harvard, Stanford and Rutgers universities, set a new way of thinking. He astonished the world by stating that no one has ever tried to count the natural loss of egg cells which occurs as a result of ovulation or overall cell mortality. When he tried to estimate this loss, he discovered that the number of the actual remaining cells does not match the hypothetical number calculated according to the existing theories. He assumed that this number must somehow regenerate.

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The research included stem cells of female mice. The respective discovery pointed out to newly produced egg cells when the stem cells were placed in the mice ovaries. A similar attempt was later made with Japanese women who wanted to make a sex change. Under the influence of a specific protein which is a product of these cells, only stem cells give the aforementioned results when placed next to ovarian tissue. The final products were oocytes – precursors of ovarian egg cells.

Is it possible to think that we can manage to extract ovarian tissue from the female body and produce new eggs out of it? Without raising hopes too high, it is worth thinking that this optimistic idea will give some hope to trespass the currently set limits on human fertility, especially for people that are facing fertility challenges.

We carry a huge power of creation. If we learn to channel this potential, we will strengthen our skills for any type of creation, regardless of whether it is an idea or a baby. And, as far as we may be with limited powers for baby creation, we are always able to do something with our creative ideas.

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How to Talk About Beauty to Young Girls

When we are born, the most beautiful person in the world for us is our mother. While I am almost sure you don’t remember (at least not consciously) the moment of your birth, I am positive that you remember a moment of your very first years when you looked into your mother’s face with awe. If you are having a hard time picturing this, have a look at this toddler and you will get the idea. Our mother was the most beautiful creature in the world simply because she was close, familiar and – because she was ours.

This first definition of beauty rarely stays throughout our lifetime. It is molded, changed and distorted. It evolves along with our own personal ways, but also with the societal messages. From what was once a notion about closeness and intimacy, beauty is usually transformed into meeting various specific criteria.

Nevertheless, beauty is a deep human need. Art is the ultimate impersonation of beauty, and nowhere is the beauty as eclectic as in the art world. People’s utmost appreciation of art speaks about the unbreakable links between beauty and creativity, life force and vitality. It speaks about the love of life.

So, how do we talk to young girls about beauty? Do we seek to mirror our own thoughts of beauty into the outside world? Is beauty an innate need? Are beauty and aesthetics identical? Is beauty non-important? Is it an ecstasy or even something damaging?

If we want to avoid a message imprint, we may altogether avoid or refuse to talk about beauty. That is a legitimate choice, but one that may result in meeting a grown-up world with distorted and inflexible ideas about the meaning of a beautiful woman. Or a beautiful person.

We wouldn’t want to cut through the roots of thinking about and desiring beauty, especially in a world that is obsessed with it. We wouldn’t want to tell them they are beautiful, but we also wouldn’t want to tell them they are not beautiful.

What we want to talk about is the beauty of all their personal parts – emotional, physical, mental and spiritual, and how each of them is intrinsically deserving of recognition and acknowledgment. Conversation and exposure to all kinds of beauty is a much better idea than not talking about it at all or ignoring its existence.

We want to tell them that, apart from being beautiful, they are also wise, clever, strong and capable. Can you imagine doing this in an environment that engulfs a holistic understanding of beauty?

The contrast of opinions about beauty is nowhere as sharp as in the realm of the physical. Luckily, the world is awakening to grasp all beauty – the one with a crooked nose, the one with beautiful eyes, the one with a sagging belly, the one with scars, and the one with a tiara in the hair. Beauty becomes both devilish and angelic.

Our instinctive obsession with beauty means survival, gives purpose, provides love and growth, as well as joy, soul food, sexuality, life, and ecstasy. This is why we celebrate beauty. Beauty is about art and intellect, about power and strength, about humbleness and experience.

It is the woman’s charge we carry in order to transform the society’s tainted idea of it and help our children show us what embodied beauty is when we let them be who they truly are.

And if you manage to meet with a child who has an idea about beauty as the little Bennet here, let it come and give a lecture to all of us. As it turns out, children are the masters on the subject!

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Can Your Heart Predict the Future

Can Your Heart Predict the Future?

There are many secrets to the human heart. As we advance in sophisticated technological research methods and innovative software we can start unveiling at least some of them.

Heart – the vital organ of emotions has been a research topic in prominent studies but we are just in the last decade or so using new measures to explore the heart’s intuitive intelligence.

The heart is a part of our holistic body system. To understand how the heart perceives information which is out of the scope of the immediate human awareness, the researchers  McCraty, Atkinson, and Bradley used physiological measures such as skin conductance, EEG (electroencephalogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) reports.

By showing 30 neutral and 15 emotionally stimulating images to the study population, they were trying to investigate whether the heart will react with changes in the above measures when faced with the option of future emotional stimuli.

How Your Heart Scans the Future

Surprisingly, the study results have confirmed that the heart receives emotional content seconds before the stimulative event occurs and reacts with an accelerated heart rate. Research results reported a gender difference, showing that female participants in the study had a mildly stronger response to the prestimulus.

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The accelerated heart rate is an intuitive response to future emotional stimuli. The heart processes the intuitive affect received in the shape of prestimulus information in almost the same way it does for processing standard sensory stimuli.

The research results were important evidence of an unusual phenomenon. Although we may think we react to only what is happening at the moment, this is not the complete truth. Our bodies’ perceptive tools continually scan the future, and so does the heart in the overall system.

Defining intuition is a challenge that is not supported by a unanimous scientific definition. Many disregard it as a fantastical metaphysical idea, trying to explain it with alternative definitions, mainly including mental brain concepts.

However, even the human neurological system is not that simple. Scientists are just starting to discover curious new findings of the “gut brain”, the surprising link between what we eat and how we feel physically, but also mentally and emotionally, as well as about the unknown physiological functions of cranial nerve sections.  We have plenty to learn as we thread ahead.

Exhausted by Life? Your Heart Suffers, Too

Researchers from the American Heart Association completed research on 26 people that belong to another age group than the one that typically partakes in heart research. These study participants were healthy individuals under the age of 40.

The research, unsurprisingly, revealed that, when people are overworked, they are weak, exhausted, easily irritated and demoralized. The cluster of symptoms was named “life exhaustion”.

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People become tired of life, losing vitality. Lost vitality is another in the series of key factors that contribute to the growing psychosocial phenomena, including anxiety, depression, and social isolation.

What kind of conclusion about heart health can we make?

When we don’t listen to the heart’s intuitive wisdom, this vital organ gets severely neglected. A neglected heart suffers a greater risk of heart disease.

As it turns out, there are many studies that back up the proverbial wisdom to “listen to one’s heart” when making an important decision. If you are a fan of the brain logic only, you may want to consider including the heart as an additional weapon in your arsenal of life-managing skills.  

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Mathematics – the Imperfect Language of the Universe

“We give great value not only to the methods and the tools of science but also to the language of the universe we call mathematics.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Writing about the flaws of science in the age of fake news is like walking on eggshells. When supported by a public interview statement given by the celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, though, it is a far more comfortable challenge.

The Problem with Scientific Bias

As a guest at the Stephen Colbert’s informal interview-lecture at Montclair Kimberley Academy, DeGrasse-Tyson used the words of the Nobel-prize winning mathematician  Eugene Wigner to bring us closer to the specific bias of the scientific logic:

“Having in mind that it is a product made in our heads, mathematics has inexplicably large usefulness in the universe. We haven’t discovered mathematics under a rock. It is a pure mental fabrication, and yet, it provides us with exact predictive descriptions and explanations about the universe.”

Neil considers maths and physics the basic elements of the language of the universe. The majority of academia would agree that they are the backbone of science.

However, while getting used to interpreting phenomena and events through this language, we forget about stepping out of the lines of established thinking.

The Self-limiting Rules of Science

An almost perfect illustration of the limiting frame of a single scientific language is spinning the phrase “thinking out of the box” into “thinking out of maths”.

DeGrasse-Tyson added that there was a problem with the outcome of a one-directional interpretation of the universe.

By getting accustomed to dismissing our intrinsic senses to investigate and discover new things we possess as children, we filtrate everything through the already digested knowledge.

We make hypotheses and generate assumptions on the basis of “how things should be” and “have always been” to draw conclusions about “how things could be”.

In this way, we damage the childlike curiosity in the mind of a fully grown adult.     

This is where Tyson cuts it short by remembering the libretto of the Broadway musical “Phantom of the opera”. He showcases his love of another phenomenal language – the language of music: “Leave your senses – is a replica from the musical”, he says and adds: One day, perhaps in another life, I too would love to write texts for Broadway musicals…”

Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Emotional Contagion: How Your Facebook Comments Feed Turns Into a War of Words

How often do you decide to stay out of a Facebook discussion? Is it because you don’t have anything to say? Or is it rather because Facebook discussions turn into a war of words so quickly so that even Gandhi cannot save them?

All you have to do is to look at just one long string of comments posted anywhere online. This is especially on point if the online space is specifically designed for socially sensitive issues. You will have reached the age of enlightenment as far as social media communication is concerned. 

Online public communication is often full of spite which doesn’t have anything to do anything with the concrete discussion topic.       

Part of the comments is well-argued. Commentators stick to the subject. On the other hand,  a huge volume of Facebook or other social media comments targets the author’s look or personality.

We often ad hominem attacks or vicious attacks of the author, the owner, or anyone in any way related to the text, the video, or the image from the subject topic.

How Social Media Trolls Nourish from Others’ Emotions

For a short amount of time, participants stay on topic. After a while, the comments start picking up their own pace and run out of control from the topic of social media or website feed. The more people take part, the more dissolved the topic.

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It can get particularly messy when professional and semiprofessional trolls or flamers get involved.

The usual manner in which the rest of the audience replies to these online pyros is by publicly shaming them. However, instead of silencing them, trolls become a highly combustible material. Their flaming rhetoric gets even more attention, feeding upon itself.

The problem with trolling is that trolls feed on the attention of any kind. They can maintain the same solid position when opposed and when backed up.

Their only task is to be present, so both opposition and support do the job.

The trouble is that, when they do this, they appeal to an army of followers who are genuinely concerned about the subject topic. Many of those that are commenting involve in the communication because they need support or connection.

This is usually the tipping point at which instead of a discussion we get to witness a chaotic war of comments.   

The Science behind Emotional Epidemiology 

What is the dynamics behind the creation of these violent online spaces that take a life of their own?

The dynamics dwell upon emotional contagion. In social networks, emotions are contagious. Emotional contagion is a real phenomenon. “Real” emotions we share off-screen but also virtual emotional states can be transferred to others through the process of online emotional contagion.

When people are emotionally afflicted they feel the same emotions as someone who is nearby. Emotional contagion can take place without the participants’ awareness of how this happened. On massive social networks, there is even something called global emotional synchrony.

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The Ripple Effect of On-Screen Emotional Contagion

Emotional contagion finds its partial support in a series of real field experiments.

Data collected from a large-scale experiment conducted in a real-world social network over 20 years indicates that long-term affective states or moods such as depression or happiness can transfer between members in the social network.  

The network, which can be anything starting from a neighborhood, company, marriage to a group of friends contained clusters of happy people, in which the happiness stretched as far as three degrees of distance. Three degrees of distance can, for example, include a scenario of a friend of a friend of a friend.

Those surrounded by the largest number of happy people, as well as those who held central positions in the network were the happiest. The outcome was not only due to people’s tendency to make friends with people who share similar personalities. The research has shown that happiness clusters formed as a result of the spreading of happiness.  People carrying the same “virus” show behavioral mimicry, too.  

You can now measure your own propensity towards getting the emotion virus. Knowing that you can get the disease is an important emotional intelligence tool. Even if you are susceptible to getting the cold, your own awareness can help you put some water to the fire next time you meet with a violent Facebook feed. 

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How to Have a Good Day at Work

We all want to start the day on the high note, keep up the good energy throughout the day and avoid feeling exhausted when we take a look at the day behind.

In the morning, we want to have sufficient energy to keep the rest of the day rolling out and pulsing vibrantly.

Often, there is so much information on the topic of how to have a good day at work that it creates further unnecessary stress.

Instead of just be, stay in the moment and relax, we try to do read and do more.

Is this the best way to enjoying yourself at work? You can keep it simple and still reap many benefits.

The New Office Mantra: Breathe, Hydrate, and Move

What are the three simple activities or awarenesses you need to have in mind to keep your fire gloriously burning without fusing? And how to keep the relaxation and simply being part of it?

1. Breathe

Stop your work for a moment, fully exhale, and breathe in the fresh air with an almost 90-percent capacity.

When you have too much to do or you passionately want to do a good job, you have a tendency to hold our breath in. This is often because you love what you do and it is important to you.

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You may have noticed how the pressure builds up in the body when you lack oxygen. Your body clenches under the importance of the task in front of you and you stop breathing, focusing with all your powers on successful completion.

Whether you love it or not so much, you still adopt the resistance mode and hold the stress in.

When you breathe fully, you are in the flow, without overbearing your systems with unhealthy stress. The flow is a state of non-resistance in which you can fully utilize your creative energies and be the best you can be.

According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, an American-Hungarian psychologist, flow is the secret of happiness. Why not take his advice and apply it to the office during your everyday work?

2. Hydrate

Thousands of words have been written about the significance of Her Majesty the H20. They still don’t do her justice as she deserves.

Drinking water and staying hydrated is a Number One rule or the rule of all rules.

It is not a kind reminder – it is a rule. Water equals life. Water equals better brain function, vigilance, and improved bodily physiological responses. In turn, improved mind and body shape deliver greater work potential.

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Apart from having a bottle on your desk, you should get used to more frequent trips to the water cooler and the toilet afterward.

Toilets and water coolers are the spots where colleagues often meet for friendly banter. Additionally, short office get-togethers are the place-to-be for collaborative fruitful ideas that don’t come to mind when you sit alone at your desk.

3. Move

A sedentary work style has major drawbacks, for example:

  • The body suffers as a whole
  • The spine deteriorates
  • Hands and neck become inflexible

The human body is used to the movement.

Movement is not just fun. It is a basic human need. Growth happens in movement. Dynamic developments happen in movement. Expansion requires stepping out of your comfort zone.

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And most business leaders agree that growth, dynamic progress, and expansion are at the core of each endeavor and would like to see more of those in a great workday.

Getting up of the chair is of an absolute benefit for everyone who spends their time working seated. This should happen often, perhaps as often as every half an hour.

The body gets an energetic boost by putting itself into action.

The mind and the body are in mutual interdependence. Where one goes, the other naturally follows. A great mind-body connection is the essence of high-quality work.

You can make the breathe-hydrate-move office mantra a part of your work life with ease:

  1. Take the “O” out of oxygen as a symbol for the “breathe” part of the mantra.
  2. Make the “H” for hydrogen a part of “hydrate”.
  3. When the two connect together in a “2”, strolling to the watercooler for a glass of H2O in a relaxed way puts everything together.

This is how a simple glass of H2O and some activity can contribute to your happiness. 

Finally, here is another unoriginal yet useful idea – if you don’t like staring at water reminder apps, put a “Breathe-Hydrate-Move” board sign hanging on your office’s wall. That will do the job, too.

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