The latest on salary negotiations, messy desks, texting, and erectile dysfunction.
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Career: Bargain for a bigger payoff
Not negotiating an initial job offer could mean missing out on roughly $634,000 in salary during a 40-year career, says a recent study in the Journal of Organizational Behavior. And worse, that’s a mistake almost half (49%) of all applicants make, CareerBuilder reports. Also revealing: While job seekers’ big fear was that, if they negotiated, the job offer would be rescinded, nearly half of bosses said they’d be open to discussion. “Most employers I’ve spoken with say they expect a negotiation,” says study scribe Crystal Harold, Ph.D. “And where there isn’t room to improve the offer, they’ll indicate they’re giving their final and best.” Next time you land an offer, a little back-and-forth could have big benefits.What to Wear to a Job Interview >>>
Career: Get messy
An untidy space can boost creativity. Groups in two rooms—one tidy, one messy—were asked to imagine new uses for Ping-Pong balls, then judged on ingenuity. The messy room’s ideas? Chair-leg protectors and packing peanuts (hey, you come up with some). The neat room? Beer pong (duh). “Messiness is associated with [rejecting] social conventions, and can cue motivation to break free from what others typically do,” says researcher Ryan Rahinel. Old food, though—that’s gotta go.5 Ways to Long-Term Fitness Success >>>
Sex: Train hard to stay hard
Working out can negate one of the harmful effects—erectile dysfunction—linked to a high-fat, high-sugar Western diet, according to new research. Male rats were fed a Western diet (WD) or a control diet (CD) for 12 weeks, while subgroups of each group ran on a treadmill or just hung out doing nothing. Surprisingly, rats who ran—no matter which diet they were fed—had no sexual impairment. “Intense exercise prevented the harmful effects of the WD on erectile function,” says study author Justin La Favor, Ph.D. So get in a workout after that burger—you’ll have less to beef about in bed.The 10 Most Common Sex Mistakes >>>
Dating: Texting, 1, 2, 3: Is the relationship on?
Want to keep your romance healthy? Watch the texting. In a study of married, engaged, or seriously dating young couples, those who exchanged warm texts reported being happier, while those who texted about relationship problems were less satisfied overall. “There’s a narrowness with texting, so you don’t see the breadth of a person”—key to good communication, says study VIP Jonathan Sandberg, Ph.D. In short: Text her sweet nothings, but work on “couples issues” face-to-face.