What do you say is the meaning of kindness?

United States
February 12, 2007 7:15pm CST
Who can define this word for me..what does it mean to be kind ..to show kindness?
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@babyhar (1335)
• Canada
19 Feb 07
To me the definition of kindness is when someone does something for you without expectation of reimbursement of any sort. For example if let's say you see a stranger having difficulties carrying there groceries. And all there groceries are falling out of the bag. To me the meaning of kindness would be going up to that person willing to help them collect there groceries or carry those bags without expecting something in return. Such as money, or a favor or a gift of some sort. Kindness to me is doing something such as donating your time to a charity. Or even going once a week or a few times a week to help out let's say at an old folks home. Volunteering of any sort without getting paid in return for the work you may have done around wherever you are donating your time to. Kindness in my opinion would also consist of signing up to be a big brother or a big sister and giving your time up to someone who doesn't have the luxury of having someone who is a good role model in their life. Helping a child have some hope & trying to teach them lessons in life when they don't have anyone else positive in their life would truly be a kind gesture to extend to someone. I think as well you could donate your time to a homeless shelter if you're looking to do something kind-hearted. I feel like being able to make their day a little brighter with a smile & a good meal might help them to feel a little better about life in general. I know a lot of them go through many tough times & hard situations, so to see a face that really cares must be a blessing in disguise for them. Another kind act you could do is to offer up your time to something like Habitat for Humanity. Volunteer your time to help build houses for the less fortunate. I'm sure it would give me some sort of satisfaction to know that I was able to contribute my time & energy to building houses for people who would not normally be able to afford a roof over their heads. I know it would make me smile to know I had a hand in creating something of value for someone who doesn't have all the opportunities that I may have. In essence I think kindness starts with you giving up a part of yourself for a greater cause. Helping someone or a charity out with the work they do day to day to try to make this world a better place. I think not expecting anything in return is the true secret of kindness as well. You cannot do anything truly kind-hearted without throwing away the expectation of getting something in return for what you do. In conclusion, I believe the meaning of kindness is to perform an act without expecting anything back for what you did. You can donate your time to a charity or volunteer somewhere. You can even just help an elderly person find something in a grocery store or help them get the right directions to get where they're going. Basically getting a sense of satisfaction for doing something for someone without any reimbursement is the true definition of kindness in my humble opinion. Thanks for allowing me to share! xx
• United States
20 Feb 07
Thank you for taking time to share..there is always more room for kindness in this world..looks like you have made it part of your soul:)+
@shogunly (1406)
• Libya
13 Feb 07
A kind person is one who thinks it is worthwhile to do good as long as it is convenient for them ,BECAUSE ITS GOOD . Other people do good even if it is slightly inconvenient , they are kind too . But people who do good things that are obviously inconvenient and people who do good things ONLY because it is convenient are average everyday people . People who avoid doing things JUST because they are good are obviously bad , but they are rare ,I dont know if they even exist .
• United States
13 Feb 07
Very beautiful description of kindness..I agree kindness must not be done out of obligation but from the depths of a giving heart:)
@shogunly (1406)
• Libya
13 Feb 07
I think so ,too . But I have become suspicious of people who (ostensibly) do things even when they are apparently harming or risking themselves because it is a good thing . I think the mere WILLINGNESS to give or share to others is enough to be classified as kind .Any extremes should be judged carefully ,there often is an ulterior motive .
@shogunly (1406)
• Libya
13 Feb 07
Is that franciscan as in the order of monks or as in San Francisco ?
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• United States
13 Feb 07
Kindness is the act or the state of charitable behaviour to other people. It is considered to be one of the Knightly Virtues, and is a recognized value in many cultures and religions.
• United States
20 Feb 07
A knightly virtue..knights are usually seen as men..do you think kindness is masculine..I think it is more feminine