Dog Love = Healthier Life?

A recent pet ownership study stated that people who own dogs walk an hour more per week than people that do not own dogs. Also, when a dog’s owner gives the directive by the veterinarian to get their overweight pup more exercise, the owner also sees this as an opportunity to get in shape.

Tom Rothman says love for our pets can be a huge motivator in helping ourselves. Whether it’s getting healthier or getting more exercise. Our concern for our pets well being can make us lace up our shoes on the cold, November morning and walk a mile in the frosty air just to make sure they live a longer life. 

I do not own a dog, but I see the very real importance of this article. After all, if we are willing to walk for our dog’s health, shouldn’t we be willing to walk for our own health?

Pain Killer Problem

Some doctors realize that their patients are selling pain killers. This might be why fewer doctors are writing prescriptions for the drugs that are truly needed by some people. Those who have decided to abuse the drugs have made it harder for the ones who live a life in pain.
Doctors should have some way of regulating pain killers so that others can’t abuse them. There needs to be a way to monitor the use by limiting the number of prescriptions in a year for those who don’t need them as much as those who do need them. This could help cut down on some of the drug overdoses that occur as well. This story was shared by friend of the site Darius Fisher.

Facebook May Add a “Dislike” Button

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, grey-shirted as always, conducted a question-and-answer session with Facebook users recently to get their ideas on how to improve his incredibly popular social media site. One of the most commonly expressed desires was for a “dislike” button to be introduced to answer to the existing “like” button. I was reading about this the other day while reading about Kenneth Griffin.

Fears exist that people will use a dislike feature negatively, but in reality, people can use the like feature negatively too. For example, someone could push like when someone is sick or has just experienced some kind of life tragedy. Conversely, one could use a dislike feature positively by disliking bad things such as crimes or discrimination incidents.

Zuckerberg said that he is thinking over the dislike idea, but on the whole, he seemed to “dislike” it.

In light of the ideas brought up in the recent feedback session, it certainly is interesting to think of what the future may hold for Facebook fans. Perhaps that future world will allow people to like chocolate pie but dislike oatmeal, to “cry” over tragedies, to “laugh” at jokes, to “get angry at” injustices, to mark scenic pictures as “peaceful,” and to “be surprised” when their best friend wins the lottery. It is fun to speculate, but only time will tell.