Kindness is the pervasive tendency to be nice to people. Kindness is compassion, concern for the welfare of others, a propensity to do favors for them, to take care of them, and to perform good deeds. Acts of kindness may be expressed in fleeting acts directed towards strangers and in profound acts directed to friends and family.
Kind people go beyond smiles and pleasantries and choose to go out of their way to assist others in unfortunate circumstances. There is a real caring and concern for others. Kindness has a powerful effect on others. Research has shown that merely seeing someone else act in an altruistic way leads others to do the same, at least in the short run. An altruist intentionally acts for another’s sake as an end in itself.
Those who score high for kindness will likely score high in other-oriented emotions and strengths and may have a sophisticated and developed ability for moral reasoning. It is also likely that they have a personal ethic of responsibility to care for the welfare of others.