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You’re twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease if you’re lonely

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Honestly, this study doesn’t sound anywhere near as much fun as the one revealing scissoring actually exists in the real world. In fact, it’s about as opposite of that as they come.

According to The Independent, Danish researchers have come to the conclusion that if you’re lonely, you’re also twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease.

“Loneliness is more common today than ever before, and more people live alone,” lead author Dr. Anne Vinggaard Christensen said during a presentation in Dublin on Saturday. “Previous research has shown that loneliness and social isolation are linked with coronary heart disease and stroke, but this has not been investigated in patients with different types of cardiovascular disease.”

Well, now it has. The study specifically revealed the feeling of being lonely led to premature death at a rate that was nearly double in men. Yet, it was worse in women, where it was right at about the double mark. Plus, both men and women who feel lonely are “three times as likely to report symptoms of anxiety and depression” than those who look up from their phones from time to time in an effort to interact with a human.

The two questions that were asked during the survey were, “Do you have someone to talk to when you need it?” and “Do you feel alone sometimes even though you want to be with someone?”

If you answered no, then yes, do yourself (and your heart) a solid and get your ticker checked. In the meantime, start introducing yourself to people or get yourself a puppy.

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Men with high testosterone levels are less likely to be religious

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Perhaps Dogma hit it right on the head when they made God a woman. That, or the whole “meek shall inherit the Earth” stuff.

According to Mirror, researchers at Canada’s McGill University found men with high testosterone levels are less likely to be religious.

“Religion influences a range of cultural and political patterns at the population level,” lead researcher Dr. Aniruddha Das said. “Results from the current study indicate the latter may also have hormonal roots. There is therefore a need for conceptual models that can accommodate the dynamic interplay of psychosocial and neuroendocrine factors in shaping a person’s life cycle.”

Dr. Das and his team asked over 1,000 men between the ages of 57 and 85 to complete a questionnaire.  It asked “how often they attended religious services and whether they had a clergy member in their core social network.” Then, they compared answers with each test subject’s weight, height, saliva and blood samples to determine high testosterone leads not only to more fights outside of O’Malley’s Pub at bar time, but also less time in church the next morning asking for forgiveness.

Dr. Das said there is still more work to be done in terms of finding out why this is the case. Our advice for him is to hit up every East Coast frat house if he’s in need of thousands more men with high testosterone to be test subjects. Of course, they’ll be just a tad younger than that 57 to 85 age range, but hey, he’ll have enough raging hormones on his hands to keep researchers busy for the next 12 years. Good luck with all that, buddy.

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Study Suggests Eating Pizza At Work Can Make You More Effective And Efficient

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According to scientific research from Dan Ariely’s book, Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, it would take more than short breaks, meaningful tasks, or effective tools to work with to make a worker more productive. It appeared that the key ingredient to make you a more productive individual in the workforce is…drum roll…pizza!

Ariely studied four groups of workers in Israel at an Intel semiconductor factory. He then provided each group with different incentives to see which one made them work the most. One group received pizza as an incentive. The second received a cash bonus of around $30. The third group received a complimentary text message from the boss. The fourth group received nothing.

From the start, the group with the pizza incentive increased their productivity by 6.7 percent.  The group with the complimentary text message incentive increased their productivity by 6.6 percent. The group with the cash bonus was behind with only a 4.9 percent increase in productivity. So, the pizza incentive was doing well above the other incentives.

After a week, the pizza and compliments group increased in productivity while the cash bonus group’s productivity actually decreased by 6.5 percent. At the end of the study, complimentary text message came out on top and the pizza incentive was a close second.

This result wouldn’t be too shocking to those who’ve read journalist Janice Kaplan’s book The Gratitude Diaries. Kaplan surveyed 2,000 Americans about their views on gratitude; 8 percent of respondents said they’d be willing to work harder for an appreciative boss. Seventy percent said they’d feel better about themselves and their efforts if their boss regularly thanked them. However, a compliment in the workplace is a rare occurrence with only 10 percent of respondents admitting to regularly giving their colleague gratitude.

Another research study, this time at the London School of Economics in 2011, published a review about workplace motivation. By analyzing more than 50 studies, their research discovered that feeling appreciated is what drives people in the workplace. According to the LSE researchers, financial incentives sometimes backfire because they undermine one’s intrinsic (or naturally occurring) motivations. Extrinsic (or external) motivators cease to mean much in the long run; a raise might feel overdue or a new title loses its luster.

If you’re reading this, bosses, either give compliments or pizza if you want your employees to work harder. Now all you have to figure out is: which toppings would your workers prefer on their pies?

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Must See: The 5 Most Confusing Job Interview Questions

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There is something inherently unnatural about job interviews. You’re supposed to go into a place you aren’t familiar with, talk to people you’ve never met, and present yourself in the best light possible. The worst part is that the interviewers tend to act like vicious predators disguised as herbivores. You constantly need to be aware that they’re judging your every move, every unintentional smile, and every misplaced word. Let’s analyze these vicious judges by taking a look at some of the worst job interview questions you can have thrown at you.

5. Why do you think you’re a perfect fit for our company?

The answer they want you to give: Because I’ve carefully analyzed the company’s profile and feel like my skills and personal goals work perfectly with the job requirements.

The answer you want to give: Because you seem to have a lot of money and I just so happen to be in great need of the aforementioned currency.

4. Where do you see yourself in five years?

The answer they want you to give: By then, I expect to be a valuable member of your company who has, numerous times, helped its progress and successfully completed hundreds of worthy projects.

The answer you want to give: Somewhere in the Bahamas, sipping on a Pina Colada, all the while thinking how I managed to get away from my extremely boring job and obnoxious colleagues.

3. What do you think your starting salary should be?

The answer they want you to give: For me, this job is not about money. It’s about the satisfaction I get when the work is done. Since compensations are quite a touchy subject, how about I work for free for a couple of years, just to see how it works out?

The answer you want to give: Well, how much have you got? I can tell you if you offer me a huge amount right now, it’s unlikely that I will say no. So, start adding those zeros.

2. Can you tell us what you think are your flaws?

The answer they want you to give: I think that my biggest flaw is loving this company too much. Besides that, I sometimes work way too much for no additional incentive, which some might see as a flaw. For me, it’s a delight.

The answer you want to give: Definitely alcohol, general irresponsibility, and laziness. Oh wait, how many am I supposed to list? I mean, we could be here all day.

1. When can you start?

The answer they want you to give: I can start right this second. In fact, I’ve already started working at home and have a couple of projects just waiting for your approval.

The answer you want to give: Well, there’s this concert on Friday and my best friend is coming, so we’re probably going to get completely wasted. Truth be told, you shouldn’t expect to see me for at least a week. And when you do see me, I will probably look like an exhausted vampire. But not as cool…

Yes, these are some of the worst job interview questions out there. Perhaps, if we all work together and troll every interview from now on, we can stop them from popping up altogether.

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