Getting promoted is good for your career and consequently your wallet. However, a new study published in the Economic Journal says that the possibility of promotion also has a positive impact on your health. According to new research, employees who work in environments in which good work is often rewarded with promotion are less likely to develop heart disease. Study authors Sir Michael Marmot, professor of epidemiology at University College London, and Michael Anderson from the University of California, Berkeley, say that these "favorable shocks can positively impact health."

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Studying the employment histories of 4,700 civil servants over a 15-year period, they found that those who worked in departments with higher promotion rates were 20 percent less likely to develop heart disease. The results appear to validate previous studies on a similar topic. Apparently, Oscar winners live longer than nominees. The same principle holds true for Nobel Prize winners and baseball Hall of Famers.

Knowing about this additional health benefit of climbing the corporate ladder may motivate you to work even harder in the office. Despite the decrease in heart disease risk, however, avoid overworking yourself to the point of sickness. No matter how many times you get promoted, neglecting your health will render all your hard work useless.

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