A few kind words about 'kind'

A few kind words about 'kind'
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Hello there, reader. How kind of you to stop by and give my writing a few minutes of your precious time.

See how good that feels? You're kind enough to notice me, and kind enough to notice what I'm pointing out.

On the other hand, think of the last time somebody told you "That's nice." Clunk.

It didn't feel nearly as good as being told you're kind, did it? "Nice" isn't a bad word, of course, but it's worn out from over-use. It needs a rest. I continue to recommend "Better Than Great" by Arthur Plotnik (described and demonstrated in this post) to fire up your vocabulary of words for praise. Meanwhile, though, try "kind" instead of "nice."

"That's nice" can be so dismissive -- yes, that's nice, dear; now go away.

But "That's kind" is more descriptive. You really observed something when you can say it's kind.

Try asking someone "Would you be kind enough to do that?" (whatever that is) or "Would you be so kind as to do this?" (whatever this is). Chances are you'll get what you're asking for -- because you've just described the person you want it from as kind enough to do it for you. After all, who doesn't want to be thought of as kind? And who gets told very often that he is?

Except you, of course, dear reader. Thank you for your kind attention.

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  • This post made me laugh out loud! "Nice" IS a clunker isn't it? In the dark ages when I attended high school, one of my composition teachers admonished us not to use the word "nice" to describe anything if we hoped to receive a decent grade in her class. "'Nice' is trite!" she said often, wearing a bitter smirk on her face. Ever since then, when I find myself using the word "nice", I feel a bit like a lazy bum!

  • In reply to folkloric:

    Thank you for being kind enough to share such a wonderful, vivid story. It's obvious that you paid attention in that composition class!

  • I liked this post and I agree, fine and nice are almost insults. How kind of you to suggest kind as an alternative!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Well put, Kathy. It's kind of you to stop by. (Uh-oh, now it's starting to feel like "kind" itself is getting a little tired!)

  • I kinda like your post. A lot.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thank you. But UH-oh, another kind of kind??! Stay tuned!

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