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According to science, eating pizza can make you more productive at work

And science wouldn’t lie to us, would it?

By Erin Cook

Great news guys! Good old fashioned cheese laden pizza is good for productivity. But don't just take our word for it — science says so.

As Munchies points out, a study published in psychologist Dan Ariely's book, Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, found that the promise of a fre$h slice of pizza at the end of the week can have a sizable impact on productivity.

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How did he come to this conclusion? Ariely's study took place at a semiconductor factory in Israel. There, a group of workers were sent one of three messages at the beginning of the work week: one that promised pizza if they performed well, another that promised a compliment from the boss, or lastly, a text that promised a cash bonus. A quarter of participants got no message and therefore no incentive — sucks to be those guys, huh?

At the end of the week, pizza was found to be the highest motivator, increasing productivity by 6.7 per cent. The next highest motivator was the promise of a compliment from their boss. Interestingly, the cash bonus came in last — although, to be fair, it was only $30.

Someone sling us a slice of Hawaiian please. We have work to do.