The importance of being kind far surpasses the superficiality of merely being nice. While niceness often stems from a desire to maintain appearances or avoid conflict, kindness originates from a genuine place of empathy and compassion. Kindness transcends fleeting pleasantries; it leaves a lasting impact on both the giver and the receiver. Unlike niceness, which can sometimes mask true feelings, kindness is authentic and sincere.

Being kind involves understanding the emotions and needs of others, offering support without expecting anything in return. It involves active listening, empathy, and a willingness to make a positive difference in someone’s life. Kindness fosters meaningful connections and creates a sense of community. It can uplift spirits, ease burdens, and cultivate an atmosphere of mutual respect and care.

In contrast, niceness can sometimes lead to insincerity, where individuals merely put on a facade to appear agreeable. This can hinder genuine communication and prevent the development of deeper relationships. Kindness, on the other hand, promotes emotional well-being and contributes to a healthier, more inclusive society.

In essence, kindness is the foundation of authentic human interactions, promoting understanding, empathy, and compassion. While niceness might offer momentary comfort, kindness leaves an indelible mark on hearts and minds. Choosing kindness over mere niceness enriches not only our lives but also the lives of those around us, creating a more harmonious and supportive world.

Remember that kindness is to Brotherhood, as air and water is to life.


C.B. Horne, M.S.

National Secretary 2022-2024