Positive Moods and Emotions 7-Caring

Poll number: 

Question-Week ending Sunday 03/14/04:

In which industry or profession listed below, do you think the level of "CARING" for their clients or citizens has diminished the most in recent years? Please read our Pre-Poll Commentary before taking this poll.

Pre-Poll Commentary:

Our seventh keyword in our poll series on moods and emotions is CARING. For the purpose of this poll we will describe the meaning of CARING as "being compassionate or showing sincere interest and concern for others."

I use the word caring in the mission statement for this website which is:

"The SHARING of KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCES and RESOURCES with a community of other caring individuals, in an effort to IMPROVE the WELL BEING, SELF ESTEEM and HAPPINESS of ALL!"

I sincerely believe that the weekly viewers of this website that take part in these polls are "CARING" individuals. They are people who take an interest in improving the lives of themselves and others. They are people who "CARE" about their well being and want to learn and grow from the experiences and knowledge that others share unconditionally. Thus, caring and sharing can be the most enriching and fulfilling actions you take each and every day.

Some people search their entire life to find a partner who sincerely cares about their well being and happiness. Everyone wants to feel that someone cares about them. This is so important during every stage of one's life. It's especially important to small children, to know that their parents and family members really care about them as they are growing up. It's just as important to teenagers and young adults who try to make it in a tough, competitive and expensive world that we live in. Middle age and senior adults need caring individuals in their lives just as much as any other age group. The fact is there isn't a stage in one's life that caring doesn't play a significant role in their well being.

Caring is also important at the industry and professional level for our society to operate and function properly. People who work in vital service industries are often under-staffed and stressed out at their jobs. They often do not enjoy what they are doing and a lower quality of service is the by product, as the cost of services keep rising. Thus, the level of caring we give as well as receive affects all of us all the time.

Let us know your feelings on caring as related to the various industry and professions in this week's poll. This poll will end on Sunday 03/14/04, when the results will be displayed.

Please take a moment to share this poll with three other caring people you know by clicking on the "e-mail a friend icon" below. Our polls and commentaries are enjoyed by hundreds of individuals weekly, with previous polls featured in the top ten of search engines like Google and Yahoo.


  1. 31% of voters chose the Medical Profession including Doctors, Nurses and Hospitals, as the profession where the level of "CARING" for their clients has diminished the most in recent years
  2. 22% of voters chose Educators including Teachers and Administrators, as the profession where the level of "CARING" for their clients has diminished the most in recent years
  3. 19% of voters chose Government Services Sector including Local, State and National, where the level of "CARING" for their citizens has diminished the most in recent years
  4. 11% of voters chose Retail Store operations including Chains and Independents, as the industry where the level of "CARING" for their clients has diminished the most in recent years
  5. 09% of voters chose the Banking Industry including local Branches, as the industry where the level of "CARING" for their clients has diminished the most in recent years
  6. 08% of voters chose Law Enforcement including Police, Courts and Lawyers, as the profession where the level of "CARING" for their clients and citizens has diminished the most in recent years

Post-Poll Commentary:

At the top of our list in this week's poll, we find that the Medical Profession has diminished the most, regarding the level of caring for its clients in the recent past. A typical primary care physician must see so many more patients during a workday than they had to a decade ago. Their waiting rooms are always full and appointment times are meaningless. When you do get to see the doctor, it's rarely for more than a few minutes. They just don't seem to have the time to show how much they care.

The same situation happens in hospitals. There are fewer nurses to care for more patients. Yet with all the extra responsibilities these doctors and nurses have, they seem to make less money in comparable dollars than they did a decade ago.

The same scenario plays out in most of the other professions and service sectors on our list. Every industry is trying to service more clients with less staff. Thus, it often seems like the word caring is headed for extinction.

I believe we all need to take a closer look at how we can incorporate more caring into our jobs, family and friends. As described in our pre-poll commentary - we all need caring people in our lives to stay healthy both mentally and physically. Now is as good a time as ever, to make even the slightest changes possible, to care more each and every day!