No Matter How You Say It: Kindness

by | Jan 23, 2023 | No Matter How You Say It | 0 comments

In Other Languages

Spanish – amabilidad 

French – gentillesse

German – Freundlichkeit

Italian – infantile

Swedish – barninna

Basque – umea

Portugese – criança



Word Origin

“The word ‘kindness’ harks back to the Old English ‘kyndnes’ which meant “nation” – and has roots in the word ‘kin’, as in one’s family, race or relations. The word eventually evolved into our more modern understanding of “courtesy or noble deeds” by the 14th century.”  From

Sign Language



Can you see the circle in the sign for kind and the harshness in both signs of rude?

Kindness Idioms

  • Be a beacon of hope
  • Be a breath of fresh air
  • Be a good Samaritan
  • Be a guardian angel
  • Be a healing touch
  • Be a light in the darkness
  • Be a peacemaker
  • Be a positive influence
  • Be a ray of sunshine
  • Be a shining example
  • Be a voice for the voiceless
  • Be an angel
  • Be as gentle as a lamb
  • Be kind to animals
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Be kindness itself
  • Be like a sunflower
  • Be like a wellspring of generosity
  • Do someone a kindness
  • Forgive and forget
  • Give someone a hand
  • Have a gentle soul
  • Have a heart as big as Texas
  • Have a kind heart
  • Lend a hand
  • Live a life of service
  • Make the world a better place
  • Out of the kindness of one’s heart
  • Pay it forward
  • Rely on the kindness of strangers
  • Spread kindness
  • The kindness of strangers
  • The milk of human kindness
  • Try a little kindness