Of Course Eating Pizza Will Make You More Productive

Of Course Eating Pizza Will Make You More Productive

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Ariel Knutson
Aug 31, 2016
(Image credit: Faith Durand)

This week the internet has become obsessed with the notion that eating pizza will make you more productive. In a study by Dan Ariely for his new book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, Ariely found that giving employees pizza was the best motivator for work. Pizza outperformed a small cash bonus ($30) and a compliment from a boss.

The real question I have for Ariely and anyone who is shocked to find out this information is: When was the last time you had a really, really good slice?

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I'm not a scientist or a mathematician or whatever, but I'm pretty sure the following equation I made up is correct.

Pizza = Happiness

Being happy = Motivation to be more productive

QED: Pizza = Being more productive

Getting a compliment from a boss or $30 is great, but do either of those things come with melted cheese?

I don't need to read a book to tell me that if I'm eating pizza on the regular, then I'll be more productive at my job and in my life. The real questions that need to be answered are what kind of toppings you should add to said pizza pie, and where you should go to get a slice, or what recipe you should use to make the best pizza on the planet. This little recipe roundup here is pretty solid, if I do say so myself.

Read More About Pizza and Productivity in New York Magazine: How to Motivate Your Employees: Give Them Compliments and Pizza

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