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Now scientists are finding that looking good will make you healthier and wealthier than you ever imagined.
Vanity works. You may not like it (or perhaps you do), but caring about one's appearance, in the right way, is an essential trait in a world that lavishes its attention, money, jobs, respect, and all-around deference on good-looking people.
Study after study has found that fitter, better dressed, better groomed, and therefore better looking people are paid more, promoted faster, and rewarded with more positive evaluations.
If vanity is an essential tool in the workplace, it can be a lifesaver in the area of health. A fit body isn't only pleasing to the eye; it leads to decreased blood pressure, a reduced risk of cancers, improved immune function, and increased energy. Healthy skin both looks better and is a powerful indicator of inner health. Conversely, skin conditions such as moles, wrinkles, and age spots can sometimes indicate serious internal maladies. In fact, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania's dept. of dermatology, people with a prematurely aged appearance not only have lower self esteem and less confidence, but are less healthy than those who have aged well.