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Kindness is known to each one of us, it has existed since the age of ancient philosophers and prophets. According to Oxford dictionary, the word kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.


Aristotle defines it as being

“Helpful towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped."


Kindness is the simplest and yet most profound way to touch lives and make a difference. A small thank you note, a smile, offering a helping hand or seat on a vehicle, sharing your food are simple seeds that go on to make you feel better and also lighten up the world of someone else.


Charles Darwin, who studied human evolution, believed that we are a profoundly social and caring species. He argued that sympathy and caring for others is instinctual (DiSalvo, Scientific American, 2017). Current research supports this idea. In fact, a lot of interesting studies reveal intra species kindness and concern where a Lioness will feed and care for abandoned or orphan puppies, chimpanzees adopt babies from other species and feed and treat them as their own without expecting anything in return. If animals can do so, why not homo sapiens who are the most evolved amongst all the species. We already have an innate sense of kindness amongst us, our job is to nurture it every day in all the ways we can so that it adds to our personal, social and communal happiness.


Kindness is what sustains us and gives a true meaning to our lives, it is a powerful way to make a difference in the world. So from today onwards, go ahead and do random acts of kindness and see happiness manifest in front of your eyes

If you would like to know more about kindness please read below

When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and              cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. And there are ways in      which we can consciously work to develop feelings of love and kindness.

Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, chalkidice    on the northern periphery of classical Greece.


Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosophercultural                                                  criticcomposerpoetphilologist, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a          profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.

                                       FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE DEFINITION OF KINDNESS

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),[1] better known by             his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and       lecturer.

                                       MARK TWAIN ON KINDNESS

Joseph Robert Kerrey (born August 27, 1943) is an American politician and lobbyist who           served as    the 35th Governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987 and as a United States               Senator from Nebraska from 1989 to 2001. Before entering politics, he served in the Vietnam     War as a United States Navy SEAL officer and was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism     in combat. 

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