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At Southwest Behavioral and Health Services in Phoenix, AZ, sharing the love is a team pursuit. The nonprofit submitted a group photo and asked employees from across the organization to share why they love their jobs. Their submission was the selected pick of the week during our "I Love My Job" campaign in February that highlights the positive aspects of work.

We want to know why you love your job. Send us your "I love my job" story or submission through the end of February. Our selected submission each week -- like the one from Southwest Behavioral and Health Services -- will receive a sweet treat and care package to share with coworkers.

Send us your "I love my job" story or submission

Here is why staff at SB&H love their job:

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Phoenix, AZ, offering integrated behavioral and health services throughout Arizona. Our wellness Program for 2017 is focused on not only topics of physical health, but also subjects such as work-life balance, mindfulness and appreciation. Our first quarter theme is “Power of Appreciation” as a wellness component, and to that end, we have launched an internal campaign for different programs to submit to us why they love their job and/or team to be entered into a drawing to win a smoothie party.

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  • I love my job because of my company, peers, and superiors. All are family-oriented, strength-based, and understanding of personal circumstances. In the end, I do not feel like a number and really feel like a valued individual at my work. The nature of my job also makes me love my job. I help people get hired and sites staffed, the joy I get to experience makes me love my job in itself.
  • I love my job for the opportunities for growth in my career and as a person.
  • I love my job because my co-workers are very helpful, patient, understanding, and they are VERY FRIENDLY!
  • I’m grateful for the opportunity to work for SB&H and I also have a wonderful supervisor who is extremely knowledgeable and I’ve learned a lot from her and I am looking forward to continued growth in my position.
  • It offers so much variety….no two days are alike and I never know what challenge might come my way.
  • I love working with employees throughout the organization!
  • I love my job because I meet with different people every day. I feel fulfilled each time when I hire an applicant.
  • I love my job because it allows me to help others grow their careers and discover their passions.
  • I love the variety of my job. Every day is different and I get to interact with such a diverse group of people. It means I am always learning.
  • You learn something new every day.
  • Great opportunity to pursue my professional career and my supervisor is a great person to learn from, plus everyone in HR is very nice.
  • Why I love my job? Well, this is the first job I’ve held for more than 4 years, because I found a job that I enjoy doing and like coming in every day. Being here 7 ½ years I enjoy what I do and have learned a lot in the records department, I push myself to meet my goals and also challenge myself on new tasks when given. SB&H is a friendly agency and I have made friendly friends. A big shout out to all my co-workers and supervisor for all your experienced help at getting me where I am now. I will continue my challenges and goals until I retire from SB&H.
  • I enjoy the people and the diversity. I have been provided with many opportunities for career growth and continue to have these opportunities.
  • SB&H prides itself in living the company’s Mission – to the benefit of both the communities we serve and our valued staff. Internally, opportunities abound for growth and advancement for all staff members.
  • I love my job because I work with people who are supportive, caring, have a great sense
  • of humor, positive outlooks and have a “can do” spirit!
  • I love the opportunity to learn and grow on a daily basis.
  • I love my job because it is a tool that allows me to provide for my son.
  • I love my job because I feel I’m behind the scenes making a difference in people’s lives.
  • I love that I have creativity and diversity in my job because I have difficulty when I must do the same thing every day. I also value collaboration and have the opportunity to meet and organize events and plans with internal and external staff/agencies.
  • I love being a trainer because I get to meet all of the new hires and also see current staff that need renewal trainings because I can reconnect with them and talk about how much they have experienced and grown in their position or a new position. I love to educate people and also help individuals find different trainings and connect them to other resources to help them do their job.
  • One of the best things about training is also learning from staff. Our staff are very bright, compassionate and love to share their experiences. Training is not only teaching staff different things to help them do their jobs but I also learn from staff and I share their experiences in my future trainings.
  • I love my job because I am able to teach others as well as learn new things on a daily basis.
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Kelly-Anne Suarez helps inspire children and adults to "discover the magic of color" while working as community and media relations manager at the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA. Her submission was the selected pick of the week during our "I Love My Job" campaign in February that highlights the positive aspects of work.

We want to know why you love your job. Send us your "I love my job" story or submission through the end of February. Our selected submission each week -- like Kelly-Anne's-- will receive a sweet treat and care package to share with coworkers.

Send us your "I love my job" story or submission

Here is why Kelly-Anne loves her job:

I love my job for oh SO many reasons, but one of the biggest is this: Crayola's mission is to raise creatively alive kids. In turn, at Crayola Experience, we believe that creativity is an essential skill that can be taught and should be nurtured, but--above all--MUST be experienced.

As the communications manager, it's my job not only to inspire people to visit and "discover the magic of color" for themselves, but to make sure kids and adults alike are reminded how important creativity is in daily life. This takes MANY forms. For the last two summers, I've hit the open road with an 8-foot crayon character to surprise amazing kids all of the country with a personalized Crayola experience. And that's just one example.

Whether I'm crafting on talk shows, planning kid-driven fashion competitions, playing with TV crews in our attraction, launching new locations, or building partnerships with national non-profits, I know that I'm advancing our mission and (hopefully) making life a little more colorful for the people I meet. Who can argue with that?

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What do you love about your job? Making a difference, working with fantastic colleagues, feeling proud of the organization you work for, having great benefits, something else? Tell us in writing or send us a photo or video.

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A while back, Amanda Taub wrote a piece in the New York Times about the role of partisanship in the acceptance of fake news as fact. The key takeaway for me was that people are more likely to be accepting of fake (or even biased news) when it aligns with their own political beliefs. The more entrenched people are in identifying with a political party (regardless of the party), the more they would seem to succumb to this bias. Furthermore, they tend to view people who share their political views as being more credible (strictly due to party affiliation) than those who do not share those views.

Unfortunately, this is extremely problematic from an evidence-based decision making framework. It opens the door to a variety of flaws in our ability to think critically about arguments for and against something, and it can detract from productive decision-making processes.

For example, when considering social media and the ability to insulate oneself from uncomfortable information (i.e., information that contradicts existing belief), we create a phenomenon in which we are exposed primarily to stories, data, and other information that fits with our existing worldview. This can create an illusory truth effect wherein we believe something just because we have been exposed to it over and over.

Once we become wedded to some idea, concept, or truth, we tend to seek out only information that reinforces our beliefs (also known as confirmation bias). We tend to accept arguments in favor of our view with limited skepticism, while being more critical of opposing viewpoints, often pointing out reasons why those competing viewpoints are biased or that those who disagree with us must be uninformed or approaching the issue from an egocentric perspective. Yet, we fail to accept or even acknowledge that our own biases influence our perspective on a given situation. The result of all this is that we tend to engage in what is known as the group attribution error, in which we short-circuit critical thinking in favor of seeing the best in politicians from the party with which we identify and the worst in politicians with opposing viewpoints.

These are just some of the fundamental flaws that have made their way into modern discourse (if discourse even applies in some situations). Once we become so entrenched in one particular view, it is rather difficult to alter that view, as was pointed out by Aschwanden. This seems especially true when those views have strong emotions attached to them, as the infusion of emotion can affect judgment and reasoning (Blanchette & Richards, 2014).

This would not seem to leave us a very good predicament at the present time. We are allowing biases, logical fallacies, and emotion to replace critical thinking and evidence-based decision making. And yet, much of the general public (even the educated general public) may be unaware of this, as we tend not to recognize the biases we possess. To change the direction in which we seem to be heading, it will require a grassroots effort of those supporting more effective critical thinking and skepticism, or it will require a political movement led from those in power to truly espouse and practice less-biased, less-emotional, and less-fallacious decision making. However, there are obvious systemic barriers that will deter progress on either front, and time will tell whether we continue to move farther away from productive skepticism and closer to decision by groupthink.

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Every February, we host "I Love My Job" to highlight the positive aspects of work. We're receiving submissions from people who are telling us the reasons they love their job.

We're featuring the best submissions each week here, on Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages. The person or team who provides our favorite entry for the week receives some special treats to share with his or her co-workers.

Send us your "I love my job" story or submission

Here is our favorite submission from last week, sent in by Julie Guerra, human resources director for Nueces County, Texas, government.

Here is why Julie loves her job:

"I love my job at Nueces County! I enjoy working with all the employees at Nueces County, especially my own staff. The employees that work in my department are wonderful; I have such a great team. I find this job very fulfilling knowing that we are assisting people with finding new jobs and making a difference in their lives. It’s a good feeling knowing that I can help somebody with a life-changing event.

Another great part of my job is our company’s wellness program. Reaching out to our employees to make them aware of health issues is a great opportunity that my department enjoys. And, the employees appreciate it. I like making the connections for them. It’s a wonderful place to be at Nueces County!"

Thanks, Julie, for your submission. Look for a delivery soon of special treats as our appreciation for helping to spread the love.

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What do you love about your job? Making a difference, working with fantastic colleagues, feeling proud of the organization you work for, having great benefits, something else? Tell us in writing or send us a photo or video.

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