According to a new study, nice guys may not finish last after all. Researchers found that it was the Beta male, not the Alpha male, in baboon troops who came out the big winners in life. Why? Because the Alpha males were so consumed with the stress of fighting to keep their rank and pursuing fertile females that their health and well-being suffered. Meanwhile the less virile, less sexy Beta males were loving life. Sure, the Betas mated less, but they still got laid enough, were successful enough, and were found to lead an overall happier, healthier existence. So what does this mean for our human men? Better to do pretty well for a long time, than very well for a short time. That roughly translates to, “Finishing first is overrated.” [New York Times] Keep reading »
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I once worked in a office where I sat near the uppermost boss. She would often spout ideas and ask if I agreed with her. Even if I thought what she was saying was absolutely dense, I’d always say “yes.” She was somewhat terrifying and I thought she’d humiliate me in front of the entire office if I disagreed. Looking back, I realize that she probably would have liked me more had I said my piece. At least she would have appreciated making fun of me?
A new study from scientists at Essex University confirms that, for women, being nice in the office doesn’t necessarily have the best returns. Keep reading »