As we start a new year, we typically hope it will be a good one. In my humble opinion, one way to make it a good year is to focus on our own expressions of genuine kindness.
Kindness is a big word. Its synonyms provide a little insight into the vast nature of kindness.
One who is compassionate expresses a propensity for sympathy & mercy.
Benevolence implies altruism, a charitable nature, the tendency to be looking out for others more than oneself, & a stalwart commitment to doing good.
One who is benign is gentle & mild.
A gracious person exudes a kind warmth, a courteous elegance, & shows a propensity for tact, charm, & good taste.
Someone who is thoughtful is contemplative & encourages the well-being & happiness of others.
Those who have an innately kind disposition or character are said to be kindhearted or kindly.
One who is courteous shows gracious consideration toward others & displays good manners & etiquette.
One who is sympathetic shows a susceptibility to the feelings of others & sometimes an altruism inspired by that susceptibility.
One who is empathetic has the capacity to understand others’ points of view & can strongly identify with another’s situation & emotions.
Here’s to the new year. May we fill with all the many facets of kindness.
Big thanks to this week’s sources Thesaurus.com, The 1959 Webster’s New World Dictionary, Wordnik, Merriam-Webster & the OED
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