Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and a concern for others. It is known as
a virtue, and is recognized as a value in many cultures and religions. This comportment stems from a posture of commiseration
and empathy for the “other.” It relies on one’s feelings of self-worth and
self-love. It is very arduous to be kind to anyone else when you cannot be kind
to yourself. Kindness and compassion are identical in that they are both linked
to having sympathy for something or someone else. Or as a more contemporary
phase puts it; – To be able to
stand in someone else’s shoes.-
In Book II of “Rhetoric”, Aristotle defines it as being “helpfulness
towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of
the helper himself, but for that of the person helped”. Nietzsche argued that kindness and love are the “most
curative herbs and agents in human intercourse”. Kindness is considered to
be one of the Knightly Virtues.
Kindness is paramount. It is at the very heart of our
competency to engender wellbeing and the potency for change. Drawing attention
to our experience of munificence has the potential to disrupt the way we
reflect about society, to transmute both what we do and how we do it, and
challenge subsisting relationships both as professionals and as individuals.
Mark Twain said “Kindness is the language which the
deaf can hear and the blind can see”.
The thing that leads us to say that Kindness is a universal language
that is comprehended and understood beyond the boundaries by everyone and
anyone. Each and every individual understands and verbalizes this language. An
act of Kindness never goes in vain. If you are kind to someone it will impact
your behavior, and echoes in his. Being kinds to others diffuses a positive
feeling and makes this world a better place to live.