Is there a difference? Can someone be nice, but not necessarily kind? Or kind but not nice? If you are a nice person, does this automatically mean you are also a kind person? Or do nice and kind go hand-in-hand?
According to the Dictionary on my computer: Nice means pleasant; agreeable; satisfactory. Kind means good-natured; caring; affectionate; considerate; helpful; thoughtful; compassionate; benevolent. Of course, all of these descriptions of nice and kind are actually from the thesaurus. Turns out nice and kind are pretty much interchangeable, at least according to the dictionary/thesaurus. I’m not sure I agree with this. To me, they are similar but different. I think you can be nice, but not necessarily kind; and vice versa.
While it is true that I have written about this subject before, it has been on my mind a lot lately. I recently obtained a new domain name, actually 2, that have to do with being kind. I see t-shirts, bumper stickers, mugs, really anything that can have a saying put on it. I think the more reminders we have, the more likely we all are to remember to be kind. I am not quite ready to unveil my new venture, but I will tell you the initials are WNBK. I sort of like the idea of just putting the initials on a shirt to spark interest that way. It’s hard to resist reading/seeing something like that and not asking what it stands for. Like a vanity license plate that you do your best to figure out. Or as a friend of mine said, like WWJD. Most everyone knows what those initials mean. Can you guess what WNBK stands for?
I think Ralph Waldo Emerson said it very well: