Improve your career by moving the candy dish

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Here’s news in the category of good-looking people have better careers:

Now you can blame your co-worker for your tanking career and science will support you: A candy dish at work can make you fat. But a candy dish that is more than 6 1/2 feet away from you will be less tempting. Measure your co-worker’s dish. If it’s too close, move it every morning before she gets in. She’ll never notice.

Maybe there is actually some justice to the fact that thin people make more money than fat people: A study at Tufts University found that when rats ate foods higher in fat and sugar their minds were not as sharp as the minds of rats on a lean diet. (Reported by Self Dishes, which, if the editors are reading, should have more articles and fewer recipes)

Of course, there are some people who are never going to be in the good-looking category. And I am a big fan of self-knowledge, so I applaud anyone who can admit this. (Note of personal limitation: I could never admit this, and I would kill any worker who kept candy by my desk.) Here is some useful advice from Marty Nemko about how to improve your earning power even if you are ugly: Career Advice for the Unattractive.

7 replies
  1. melanie gao
    melanie gao says:

    I love your blog content! Especially because I just started a diet and I figure for every pound I lose my salary is bound to go up…

    I just recommended your blog to 300 of my closest friends. :)

  2. s.
    s. says:

    Interesting that you think THIN people get the jobs. When I was a size 6, I got hit on by a lot of upper managers, other female co-workers would not want to assist me because in their words "I had everything".
    I have also noticed and worked for a lot of upper level female managers earning 100 K plus who weight at least 200lbs. No joke. So I think that blows your theory of pretty thin people get jobs out of the water.
    By the way the average women is size 16.

  3. JustSayin'
    JustSayin' says:

    On the other hand, drinking diet beverages (and messing with your blood sugar) may affect your impulsivity.

    “Volunteers answered a series of questions asking if they would prefer to receive a certain amount of money tomorrow or a larger amount of money at a later date. They responded to seven of these questions before and after drinking either a regular soda (containing sugar) or a diet soda (containing the artificial sweetener aspartame). Blood glucose levels were measured at the start of the experiment and after the volunteers drank the soda.

    “The results, reported in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, reveal that people’s preferences for current versus later rewards may be influenced by blood glucose levels. The volunteers who drank the regular sodas (and therefore had higher blood glucose levels) were more likely to select receiving more money at a later date while the volunteers who drank the diet sodas (and who had lower blood glucose levels) were likelier to opt for receiving smaller sums of money immediately. These findings are suggestive of an adaptive mechanism linking decision making to metabolic cues, such as blood sugar levels.”

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