Kindness is caring that springs from compassion. We have genuine concern for the welfare of others. We are warm, friendly and ready to help. We listen for the needs beneath the words. We give tender attention in simple ways that bring others happiness. Kindness is the daily bread of love. When we feel angry, we resist the temptation to be cruel. We are good stewards of the earth and all living things. When we fill our own cup, our kindness naturally overflows to others.
In Family Life
The virtue of kindness in a family is a beacon of warmth and compassion that fosters a nurturing and harmonious environment. It manifests through small, everyday gestures, such as offering a listening ear during moments of vulnerability, sharing a heartfelt smile, or lending a helping hand without hesitation.
Kindness in a family is displayed through patience in times of conflict, forgiveness for mistakes, and a genuine willingness to understand each other’s perspectives. It thrives on expressing gratitude, offering encouragement, and showing empathy towards one another’s joys and sorrows. Ultimately, kindness in a family is the gentle thread that weaves love and support, creating a haven where every member feels valued, cherished, and uplifted.
“Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile…”
— Mother Teresa
The Practice of Kindness
- I have empathy for others.
- I notice what people need.
- I love to be helpful.
- I am thoughtful in little ways.
- I practice good habits that help the earth.
- I am a good caregiver to myself.