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With college kids headed off for another semester, we bet there are a lot of parents out there hoping they aren’t wasting good money on their kids’ education. While most parents want their kids to enjoy classes and discover something they’ll be happy doing the rest of their life, deep down we bet a lot are just crossing their fingers their kid picks a major that will make it easier to find a job when they get out. And as you can imagine, there are definitely certain majors that have a much greater return on investment.

Well CareerCast has just come out with their list of the college degrees with the best job prospects, and, well, we hope your kid is good at math and science. The degree topping the list is Accounting, with employment rates for accountants historically over 90%. It is also a field the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to grow by 10% in the next eight years. Just behind Accounting is Business Management, followed by Chemistry.

College Degrees With The Beset Job Prospects

  1. Accounting
  2. Business Management
  3. Chemistry
  4. Computer Science
  5. Finance
  6. Information Systems
  7. Marketing And Market Research
  8. Mathematics
  9. Mechanical Engineering
  10. Nursing

Source: CareerCast

Until the day someone creates teleportation, most of us have to find a way to get to work each day. According to a new report, that means getting behind the wheel for most of us. Not surprisingly, this may be doing damage to our overall well-being.

According to a poll by CarGurus, 72% of Americans drive to work every day, with convenience being the top reason for going to work by car (34%), followed by speed (20%). But driving to work each day may not be too good for our mental health, with 51% of drivers saying that during their commute they tend to scream curse words they wouldn’t normally use, while 42% admit they have “flipped someone off.”

Other people seem to be the thing that gets to commuters the most, with 53% of people saying other people driving poorly is the thing that annoys them the most about their commute. 

  • And it’s no secret that commuting by car can take hours out of your day, which could be used for something else. When asked, 51% of people said if they could get their commuting time back they’d use it for sleeping, while 48% would spend them with their family, and 39% would go to the gym. Yeah, that last group is lying.

Source: BizJournals

Sunday is National Dog Appreciation Day and let’s face it, for dog owners, EVERY day is dog appreciation day. Most pet parents will tell you they treat their pooch like family, and it seems for a lot of people, it is the member of the family they love the most.

A new survey by WAG! finds that 38% of people say their dog is the person they show the most love and attention to in their household, with only 31% saying it’s their kids and 23% choosing their significant other. What’s more, dogs are a lot of people’s main source of comfort, with 44% of those polled saying they turn to their pooch to make them feel better when they are sad or angry, while only 34% say they turn to their spouse or significant other. 

And it probably isn’t much of a surprise to find out that dog parents can go to extremes when it comes to expressing their love for their pooch. For example: 

  • One third of pet owners say they would consider getting a tattoo for their dog, with paw prints the top choice (44%), followed by a pet portrait (27%) and pet names (26%).
  • 25% of dog owners will throw their pooch a birthday party, while 60% will purchase birthday gifts, and 88% will give them a special treat or meal.
  • 19% of dog parents have purchased some sort of technology to spy on their dogs throughout the day.

Source: BizJournals

Paying for kids to go to college can certainly set parents back a lot of money, which may be why more moms and dads are no longer footing the bill for their kids’ education. 

A new Fidelity survey finds that 70% of parents are saving money for their kids’ college tuition, which is down from 72% two years ago. While that doesn’t sound so bad, the survey also finds that only 29% of parents say they will pay for their kids’ college tuition in full, which is a decrease from 43%. 

So, what will parents pay for? Well, the survey finds most moms and dads only plan to pay 62% of their kids’ tuition, which is down from 70% two years ago. What’s more, parents are expecting their kids to chip in, on average, about $15,385 for their education, which is 24% more than in previous surveys.

  • And it seems a lot of kids are clueless about what they will have to pay once they’re ready for college. Turns out, 40% of parents say they haven’t told their kids they’ll need to chip in for their degree.

Source: Moneyish

When we were in school, there were the kids who loved gym class and took it way too seriously and those who dreaded the thought of even showing up. And if you’re one who hated dressing out, being picked for teams last, and worse - actually participating in PE sports, those memories could still be sticking with you, and affecting how you feel about exercise today.

A new study suggests that a lack of motivation to workout as an adult may come from those cringeworthy memories of physical education class. Researchers from Iowa State University surveyed a thousand adults between 18 and 45 on their feelings about gym class and were surprised by the “vivid and emotionally charged” responses.

Researchers found that respondents with the most negative attitudes about phys ed class were more reluctant about exercise today. The study’s authors say for most people, physical activity decreases dramatically from childhood to adulthood, but the decline is more likely for those who grew up as gym class haters.

But even if you felt uncoordinated and despised playing volleyball and field hockey in middle school, that experience doesn’t have to rule the rest of your life. You can put those awkward PE days behind you and find some kind of physical activity you actually like because a good sweat sesh is good for you both inside and out.

Source: The Cut

It can be hard to explain why something is cute, especially from a scientific point of view. And while there have been over 1,000 studies on emotions like fear, fewer than 10 have been done on what we think is “cute.” What we do know is that cuteness is related to size and small things are much more likely to be considered cute. Here’s what science says about why we love tiny, adorable things.

  • We’re nurturers by nature - Research has shown that features like a rounded head, small size and big eyes - or baby-animal characteristics - make us want to take care of something. And further studies extend that concept of cuteness beyond visual features to include sounds and smells, like that new baby smell or the sound of a baby laughing.
  • Small things make us act with care - Studies have shown that cuteness motivates us to protect the object of our affection, from puppies and kittens to tiny furniture and miniature collectibles.
  • We like that they can’t hurt us - Small things don’t pose much danger because of their size. “One of the critical features that make a thing cute is the absence of feeling threatened,” scientist Hiroshi Nittono “Small things are likely to meet this condition.”
  • We love toys, no matter how old we are - We find small inanimate objects like dolls and other toys cute as well. Of course, big things can be cute also - a giant, human-size teddy bear may be cuter than a little one, Nittono says.
  • Small things are full of complex details our brains are drawn to - Research has shown that we like to look at and touch the part of something that has the most information and miniatures are compact with lots of intricate details in a limited space, and our brains like that.

Source: Mental Floss

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