1.) If you, or your son or daughter, are working on paying off a college loan, you may not want to hear this news. USA Today reports that almost half of all working Americans with college degrees are overqualified for the job they are working. In 2010, 48% of working college grads were in positions that did not require a bachelor’s degree and 37% were working a job that only required a high school diploma. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, that trend will continue for the next decade as the number of Americans with bachelor’s degrees increased to 41.7 million over the last 10 years, but only 28.6 million jobs required such a degree.
2.) Want to do something to save your life? Hug someone! Experts say that oxytocin, or what they refer to as the “love hormone,” increases during a hug, causing a calming effect. In fact, the effects from one hug in the morning lasted throughout the work day. A study noted it had a more positive effect on women than men. With Valentine’s Day coming, it’s another reason to give your sweetie a squeeze before work today.
3.) The effects of the internet, digital newspaper subscriptions and smartphones have certainly decreased the amount of newspapers being printed. While it doesn’t affect most of us, and saves trees, the decline in newspaper has causes problems for some, including San Francisco's Animal Care & Control. The have relied on public contributions and donations from the San Francisco Chronicle donations to line the cages of shelter puppies needing potty training. Those contributions and donations have been sliding the past few years. So, the San Francisco Public Library is now donating old newspapers to make sure the shelter has a consistent paper stream.