Student Health and Wellness Programs

November 2021 Stall Talk

Student Health and Wellness Programs Stall Talk: Kindness

Aloha kekahi i kekahi:
Love one another.
- ‘Ōlelo No‘eau

What is kindness? The act of being compassionate, friendly, and generous.

How do random acts of kindness increase a person’s sense of happiness?

  • Kindness can promote gratitude, increasing your awareness around your own good fortune.
  • Kindness promotes empathy and compassion; which in turn, leads to a sense of interconnectedness
  • Kindness is potent in strengthening a sense of community and belonging.
  • Kindness enhances both physical and mental health. It has been seen to increase positivity and can lessen pain.

A study of Japanese undergraduates found that students’ level of happiness and gratitude increased when they counted the number of kind acts that they performed.

Want to connect more? Take a photo of yourself giving or receiving an act of kindness and tag us on Instagram @uhh_shwp to receive a free pair of blue-light blocking glasses (must be on campus to pick up glasses).

Possible kind acts: Picking up trash, donating clothes/food, giving someone something unexpected, or leaving a positive note for someone. The possibilities are endless!

In an emergency, call 911

  • UH Hilo Counseling Services (808) 932-7465
  • Student Services Center E-203 7:45 am to 4:30 pm
  • Student Medical Services (808) 932-7369
  • Campus Center 212
  • UH Hilo Confidential Advocate, Kekai Lindsey (808) 932-7958
  • UH Hilo Security (808) 974-7911

Crisis Resources and Support

  • Crisis Line of Hawaii (24-hour, 7 days a week) 1-(800) 753-6879
  • Crisis Text Line Text "ALOHA" to 741741
  • YWCA 24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: (808) 935-0677

Follow us on Instagram @UHH_SHWP UH Hilo is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Institution. Stall Talks are available in an alternate format.

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