Job PromotionIn our times, cardiovascular diseases and ailments, including both moderate conditions like anemia or elevated blood pressure, and serious problems like a heart disease or a stroke, are becoming more and more common. Every year this kind of diseases are taking lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the globe, making global cardiovascular disease prevention one of the greatest social concerns of modern humanity. Specialists recommend two approaches, healthy nutrition and active lifestyle, as the most effective tools for prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Also, there are other scientifically proven technologies, special medical treatments, herbal remedies and homemade solutions to support our cardiovascular health and prevent all sorts of related diseases. However, the role of psychological motivators like personal or professional success and others, has not been properly understood yet as a great factor to boost our cardiovascular health and live a longer and healthier life.

According to the recent findings of a group of academics from University of California, Berkeley, and University College London, such a motivational factor as job promotion can be an extremely effective cardiovascular disease prevention tool and can assist us to lower our heart disease risks by as much as 20 per cent. Experts came to these conclusions after analyzing the data on over 4,700 office workers collected for over fifteen years, from 1985 to 1999. Some offices had double amounts of promotion rates, and those workers who were lucky to receive job promotion more often were 20 per cent less likely to have heart disease and other cardiovascular health conditions. Heart Disease PreventionCertainly, all other related factors like initial health conditions of the participants, their civil service records and others were taken into account. The findings of the study were published this summer in the Economic Journal and cause vivid public reaction.

This is the first serious research to study the links between success at work and health, though the existence of such links has been known before. In particular, a year ago the findings of another study were published stating that those people who suffered from serious diseases or chronic illnesses in childhood are less likely to be promoted at work and achieve professional success. However, the importance of the present study is in findings the reverse links, or the effects of professional success as an excellent cardiovascular disease prevention technology. The current study authors,  Michael Anderson and Sir Michael Marmot, professor of epidemiology, are convinced that their findings formulated as the fact “that favourable shocks can positively impact health” will have practical positive effects on social health and help modern managers and administrative officials use such a tool as job promotion as a great technique to support cardiovascular health of their subordinates.

According to Sir Michael Marmot, the study found another motivational reason for all today’s people to succeed in this life, achieve professional success for the sake of improving own health and living a longer life. “Put together with a large body of other literature there is little question that, for individuals, achieving higher socioeconomic position is good for health. Promotion is one mechanism of upward social mobility. Upward social mobility is good for health,” the scientist said. He said that the effects of professional success as a strong motivational factor and health improving tool had been proven by another study before. It was found out that Oscar winners or Noble prize winners very commonly outlive the nominees. The same effect were noticed among baseball players, and those who reach the Hall of Fame usually live longer compared to those players who did not achieve such success but till had a brilliant career. Get more details and information about the findings of British academics on job promotion as an effective tool for cardiovascular disease prevention here.

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