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Creating Caring Communities Fish and AnemoneLet Us Show You the Way

Creating Caring Communities helps organizations empower their workforce and create a stronger sense of community where they live and play. So what’s up with the clownfish?

The relationship between the sea anemone and clownfish allows both organisms to flourish through symbiosis – just like we do every day with our clients at Creating Caring Communities.

The partnership between the clownfish and anemone is mutually beneficial. They both protect each other from predators and provide an exchange of nutrients. In return for a safe and protective home, the clownfish benefits the anemone in several important ways. These include cleaning the anemone, providing nutrients in the form of waste, and scaring away predatory fish such as the butterfly fish.(1)

Think About It Inspiration

Any one person can make a huge difference in the world – just by reaching out a helping hand.

The Creating Caring Communities ‘Think About It’ blog was inspired by Toby -a small dog found abandoned in the woods, alone, severely injured, and emaciated to the point of death. Toby was covered in a mange so terrible, most of his small frail little body had open wounds with pus. Nicole, Coulter and the team at First Coast No More Homeless Pets brought this scared and sickly pup back to full health after several months of medical care, nutrition and love. Toby now lives in south Florida with Doc Tony, an advocate for homeless pets everywhere.

Happiness at Work

Top 10 Reasons Why Happiness at Work Boosts Productivity


Happiness at Work Creating Caring Communities1: Happy people work better with others
Happy people are a lot more fun to be around and consequently have better relations at work. This translates into:

  • Better teamwork with your colleagues
  • Better employee relations if you’re a manager
  • More satisfied customers if you’re in a service job
  • Improved sales if you’re a sales person

2: Happy people are more creative
If your productivity depends on being able to come up with new ideas, you need to be happy at work. Check out the research of Teresa Amabile for proof. She says:

If people are in a good mood on a given day, they’re more likely to have creative ideas that day, as well as the next day, even if we take into account their mood that next day.

There seems to be a cognitive process that gets set up when people are feeling good that leads to more flexible, fluent, and original thinking, and there’s actually a carryover, an incubation effect, to the next day.

3: Happy people fix problems instead of complaining about them
When you don’t like your job, every molehill looks like a mountain. It becomes difficult to fix any problem without agonizing over it or complaining about it first. When you’re happy at work and you run into a snafu – you just fix it.

4: Happy people have more energy
Happy people have more energy and are therefore more efficient at everything they do.

5: Happy people are more optimistic
Happy people have a more positive, optimistic outlook, and as research shows (particularly Martin Seligman’s work in positive psychology), optimists are way more successful and productive. It’s the old saying “Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right” all over again.

6: Happy people are way more motivated
Low motivation means low productivity, and the only sustainable, reliable way to be motivated at work is to be happy and like what you do.

7: Happy people get sick less often
Getting sick is a productivity killer and if you don’t like your job you’re more prone to contract a long list of diseases including ulcers, cancer and diabetes. You’re also more prone to workplace stress and burnout.

One study assessed the impact of job strain on the health of 21,290 female nurses in the US and found that the women most at risk of ill health were those who didn’t like their jobs. The impact on their health was a great as that associated with smoking and sedentary lifestyles (source).

8: Happy people learn faster
When you’re happy and relaxed, you’re much more open to learning new things at work and thereby increasing your productivity.

Happiness at Work Through CCC9: Happy people worry less about making mistakes – and consequently make fewer mistakes
When you’re happy at work the occasional mistake doesn’t bother you much. You pick yourself up, learn from it and move on. You also don’t mind admitting to others that you screwed up – you simply take responsibility, apologize and fix it. This relaxed attitude means that less mistakes are made, and that you’re more likely to learn from them.

10: Happy people make better decisions
Unhappy people operate in permanent crisis mode. Their focus narrows, they lose sight of the big picture, their survival instincts kick in and they’re more likely to make short-term, here-and-now choices. Conversely, happy people make better, more informed decisions and are better able to prioritize their work.

Employee happiness at work can lead directly to a more successful business. After all, employees are the driving force for every nonprofit and for profit business. Creating Caring Communities can invigorate your management and staff with innovative strategies and tactics.

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