Kindness? What’s that?

Since promoting kindness is what CommonKindness is all about, we had the novel idea of starting a conversation on the topic. So, what do you think about kindness? What are your experiences out there in the world? Chime in.


10 thoughts on “Kindness? What’s that?

  1. Having only recently discovered your corner of the world – I thought I’d start at the very beginning. Somehow, the simple notion of kindness has been around me for my entire life. I was lucky to have all the various voices that helped to guide and mold me consistent in that trait. My Maternal Grandmother had a simple verse that she passed to my Mother and on to me as well. Her favorite saying whenever the discussions turned to religious differences or the all too inevitable conflicts that arose was the following:

    So many Gods, so many creeds,
    So many paths that wind and wind,
    And really what this old world needs
    Is just the art of being kind.

    The “art of being kind” – and interesting way to phrase it. Here on this site, with this particular model to me you are practicing the highest art and for that you are to be commended.

  2. While I greatly admire this very creative and generous initiative, I must point out that some of the products you are promoting will literally kill people with kindness. I am of course referring to products like Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Lay’s Potato Chips, and other food-like substances laden with fats and sugars but with little to no nutritional value. Consumption of these products are one of the primary cause of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc. I do appreciate that you offer many healthy products; would you consider adopting a policy against promotion of these ruinous substances on moral grounds?

    • Hello~

      And thank you for your note.

      CommonKindness offers a large selection of coupons for a wide range of products from gluten-free to organics to fair trade imported to popular snack foods that can be integrated into a healthy diet.

      Our mission is to create sustainable funding for America’s nonprofit organizations, and we applaud the efforts of our partners in achieving that goal. We welcome everyone to participate – all people all brands and all nonprofits.

      Kind regards,


  3. Spot on, Robert Fulghum. If we could only recapture the simplicity, common sense, good judgment and common courtesy learned in Kindergarten, we could return to kindness. Without kindness, we spiral mindlessly out of good behavior. What a shame; it affects everything we try to do to be productive, worthy human beings. We need to remember what a privilege it is to be alive and surrounded by others. Our very short lives are not dress rehearsals; we must be grateful for it and our fellow man.

    • Thank you for that reminder. In my own experience, when I am grateful, I am happier. In this fast-paced life, its too easy to forget the things I have and focus on the things I want. Wanting leads me away from gratitude and kindness.

  4. What a great idea to discsuss kindness!! So important and yet so uncommonly discussed. Looking forward to the conversation.

    • So happy you are here. Please drop in and share some thoughts, stories, dreams about the role you see kindness playing in your family, your community. This can be kindness lounge or think tank. Whatever you all want it to be. Where and when do you get to talk about kindness in your lives?

    • Thanks! I think so too. Kindness is so underrated in our society. It is such a simple concept that has the power to transform everything and yet, it is so often overlooked and taken for granted. There are examples and stories everywhere, everyday of acts of kindness. When you hear a story about someone being kind, doesn’t it always touch your heart in some way? Inspire you to reach out to someone and extend kindness to them? Please share any stories, videos, pictures or poems on the topic!

  5. Jealously can make a person be unkind. And low self esteem has probably nurtured the jealousy. I’ve actually seen a mother exhibit jealousy toward her own daughter when the mother’s husband paid too much attention to their own child. I’d say the mother needs to be brave and selfless and embrace the strong parental connection, not create bitterness and difficulty. The same coping should be tried in relationships being tested by jealousy. Trust and exude confidence; don’t succumb to jealousy.

    • I just love hearing your point of view Evelyn. Jealousy is so painful. Painful to witness and painful to feel. It’s especially painful to see a parent expressing jealousy towards their child. My heart breaks when I see that and it actually breaks for the parent who is jealous as much as the child. It seems to me that everyone in that scenario is in pain. The parent just wants to seen and loved. The child just wants to be good and feel safe. Do you think jealousy is born out of some unmet need? When I have experienced feelings of jealousy, it usually has feelings of scarcity underneath. I may not feel like I am enough, have enough, and so I think I need more. Usually, no, almost always, what I really need, in some form or another, is love. Can you relate to that?

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