Intern Blog: A Change of Heart

From kindergarten through senior year of high school, I was learning and discovering who I was as an individual. Attending college in the “mainland” taught me a lot about discovering culture, and how culture can affect who I am and become. Growing up in a Hawaiian cultured lifestyle, I have experienced my fair share of those who knew nothing of …

Your New Year For Others

With so many people focusing on things they’d like to improve and achieve this year I would like to suggest something a bit different for your 2015. As you think about your goals, think also, about setting goals that are focused on helping others achieve their hopes and dreams.  Perhaps you have a personal goal of reading one new fiction …

EQ & Kindness

Have you heard about EQ or Emotional Intelligence?   It seems to be getting a lot of attention lately.  Considered “soft skills” or “people skills”, this ability has become quite a topic of conversation.  The definition of Emotional Intelligence according to the Oxford Dictionary is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judicially …

Do Your Beliefs Anchor Kindness or Stress?

It seems that kindness is often more common around the winter holidays.  There are reminders everywhere from signs for season’s greetings and peace on Earth, traditions of gift giving, goodwill boxes and charity promotions.  Whether it be various religions reflecting on the good in the world or on the winter solstice shifting from longer nights to increasingly longer stretches of …

The Kindness Ripple: Insights from my 30-Day Kindness Challenge

On November 2nd, 2014 I began a 30-day kindness challenge in service of strengthening my kindness practice while also trying something new to celebrate Thanksgiving. While my insights aren’t revolutionary or even necessarily new, I’m reminded that acts of kindness really do have a ripple effect and the ripple happens when giving and receiving kindness. Kindness is a source of …

Kindness in Flight

During the holiday season – inevitably, many of us will take flight to visit family, friends, and other loved ones.  Flying can be stressful.  It can bring out the best and the worst of us… and sometimes, airports leave us feeling very much alone despite the many thousand people who are around.  Luckily, kindness can rid us of the loneliness …