Kindness — A Language All Can Speak

Kindness — A Language All Can Speak

Kindness is something important in this day and age, as it’s something that one should clearly express in everyday interactions. It can not be confined to mere words to define itself, for kindness is based on how an individual expresses it. As well as how their actions affect others, whether it be long-term or short. Kindness should be part of someone’s everyday life, something that we naturally act upon. 

What Exactly Is Kindness?

“The quality of being generous, helpful, and caring about other people, or an act showing this quality.”

Cambridge Dictionary

Though this is the dictionary definition of kindness, the meaning is based on how an individual chooses to show it. It can be expressed through empathy, respect, helpfulness, acceptance, thoughtfulness, and many more. It may be shown by these ways, however, what makes kindness different from any of these other nouns is that one must not expect anything in return for their actions. 

Is Being Nice Kindness? 

Kindness is way more than someone being nice. Comparing the word nice to kindness, it lacks the sincerity in being nice. Being nice also perceives the idea of doing the minimum rather than not setting a limit towards behavior and actions. While kindness can be mainly voluntary and intentional.

Is Respect The Same Thing As Kindness?

Kindness and respect are two different things, however, one can never completely qualify itself to its meaning without the other. Kindness is the quality of being helpful without a second thought. Respect is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

Act of kindness By Tushar Ingle

Kindness without a sense of respect can be degrading and can give an appearance of not caring about someone else or reality. Kindness without respect can be a form of manipulation to smooth out a relationship with someone else. It also gives the idea that one is less worthy of fully receiving kindness because they are not respected as a being. Respect without kindness can be formal but grudges the sense of being cold towards someone else. It can show no true care towards an individual and their values. Kindness can have infinite value but is always felt. Respect always leads to kindness, as it shows that someone is equal and valuable. 

Can Kindness Be Taught?

Throughout the years, many have questioned whether kindness can be taught or if it is just learned through observation. Many can be taught kindness, as it reflects human beings’ innate capacity to learn and expand upon a skill. However, although it can be taught, it’s appropriate to consider the fact that it needs nurturing or else it will be lost. Kindness is a defining aspect of human life, it belongs in every environment whether it be a home, neighborhood, school, or community. 

Does Gen-Z  Understand the Values of Kindness?

Based on the VIA (Values In Action) Institute on Character, the top values of Gen-Z include honesty, fairness, judgment, love, and kindness. These strengths reflect a blend of mind-strengths such as judgment and fairness. While demonstrating heart-strengths such as love and kindness. Generation Z has statistically been the kindest generatIon so far documented.

The Impact Kindness has on Health and Others

Kindness can impact one’s self, and in fact their own body. It can help increase certain hormones and aid with underlying problems. Kindness produces oxytocin which lowers blood pressure and improves the heart’s health. Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure therefore oxytocin is known as a “cardioprotective” hormone. It protects the heart by lowering blood pressure. This hormone can increase self-esteem and optimism. Kindness can as well produce serotonin which individuals can feel more energetic, calmer, and less depressed after being kind to another.

Being kind to others can protect an individual’s health twice as much as an aspirin. This is due to the body producing endorphins.  and those who practice it the brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up.

Overall, kindness impacts the lives of everyone, whether we demonstrate it or are receiving it. This is an important value that everyone should acknowledge, as it not only impacts our mental health, but also our physical health. Kindness is different from being nice or respectful, but all three tie together. We must take notes after Harry Styles himself as his motto is TPWK, or better stated, Treat People With Kindness.

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Victoria Sosa

Victoria Sosa is a dedicated writer and editor of ​​The Caduceus Times, as well as a student at MAST@ Homestead. She is focused on touching the topics of entertainment and featured articles, allowing her readers to go through a journey through her writing. Her love for writing came from reading at a young age, as well the curiosity of the world around her. When not working, you can find her writing short fiction stories, listening to crime podcasts, or exploring new hobbies.