During October University of Hawaii students are being urged to participate in the kindness challenge.
Social psychologists suggest that the difference between happy and unhappy relationships are the number of good vs. negative interactions people have. Though first impressions are lasting, it takes five positive encounters to make up for a negative one.
This is an easy challenge where all you need to do is be nice. Smile, compliment someone, show your gratitude, or even just a shaka, to help make someoneʻs day a little better.
Amrita Mallik, a campus climate program officer at UH Mānoa, said that “strong relationships are the foundation to a strong community.” She went on to say, “This is a great opportunity for all of us at Mānoa. Letʻs see how far five small acts of kindness a day can take us!”
An education specialist for the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jose Barzola, said it is their mission to support peace and relationship building using kindness as their most important too.. Barzola added that “we are excited to bring the Kindness Challenge to Mānoa.”