How To Remain Authentically Kind

Janice M. Flanders
2 min readAug 18, 2022

Inspired by a Poem By Teressa P, inspired by Lucy Dan

Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash

What does kindness mean to me?

I’ll look inside my heart to see.

Kindness is a quality that elicits wonderful emotions from its receiver and its giver.

Genuine kindness is not to be confused with the performative version that has become so prevalent in this “look at me” society.
Being kind to someone is the equivalent of giving someone the most thoughtful gift you can give them. It’s especially lovely if the person to whom the kindness is bestowed is a stranger.

Witnessing people committing acts of kindness is heartwarming. The hope of humanity appealing to their better angels is displayed when a person is kind to another person.

Kindness is the big sister of nice. People can be nice to someone and barely tolerate them. Nice is a learned act, something you are trained to be as part of your upbringing. Being kind is more spontaneous. Kindness taps into the wellsprings of goodness and thoughtfulness with no thought of self-gratification.

Kindness is heart centered and attends to the well-being of humanity. It lifts us and carves out spaces for optimism and hope.



Janice M. Flanders

Writer/Journalist. Artist. Environmental Justice Advocate. Social Media Analyst. Friend to the Planet and it’s creatures. I love words, birds, and nerds.