When we smile or laugh throughout the day, we’re actually making ourselves more productive by triggering the release of the feel-good chemical dopamine, which fuels creativity and engagement. In fact, studies have shown that happy employees are 31 percent more productive, have 37 percent higher sales, and not only solve problems more quickly, but deliver a better end result.

We launched the REIToon cartoon series on our blog two years ago in order to help bring some of that humor and camaraderie to our industry – and the toons became an instant hit. To get people involved in the action, we held Kimco’s inaugural REIToon Cartoon Caption Contest last year, and people had a lot of fun reflecting on their business and drafting creative sayings to complete the cartoons. Because of all the positive feedback we have received from the contest, we decided to offer fans yet another opportunity to join the fun!

CASH FOR LAUGHS: Kimco announces its annual REIToon Cartoon Caption Contest

Like last year, we’re challenging you to come up with the cleverest captions to complete two new REIToons drawn by nationally-syndicated cartoonist Mark O’Collin. We will publish the cartoons and winning captions in our 2015 REIToons wall calendar, which will also feature the 10 best REIToons over the past year. Along with a copy of the calendar, the two winners will also each receive a $1,000 American Express gift card.

WINNING CAPTION: One of the winning entries from the 2014 REIToon Cartoon Caption Contest

WINNING CAPTION: One of the winning entries from the 2014 REIToon Cartoon Caption Contest

Anyone involved in retail, from retailers to brokers to investors, can submit their ideas by visiting Kimco’s Facebook page and writing their best caption for one or both of the selected REIToons by Oct. 10.

We will review the submissions and select the winners, both of which will be officially announced at the annual International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) New York National Conference on Dec. 8.

There is no purchase necessary to enter the contest. Complete contest rules can be found on the contest page.

So, do you have the wit to win? Enter the contest on our Facebook page, and if you’re feeling confident, share the contest with all your industry friends. As always, feel free to share your favorite REIToons as well, just as long as you include this Creative Commons license: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at