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17 February 2020
Words by Andy Smallman / Artwork by Fish Astronaut
Hello Kind Living Friends!

What's the difference between being courteous and being kind?
I think being courteous is a social custom that we're taught. It comes with the expectation of being treated with courtesy. There's a formality to it, like using good manners.

I believe that, though related, kindness is something else.

Kindness is a self-contained act in which the action or thought involved brings its own reward. There is no expectation for reciprocity; in fact, sometimes we worry that receiving something in response to a kind act diminishes our kindness. For this reason, many of us prefer to complete our kind acts anonymously.

Consider a time when you behaved with courtesy and another time when you behaved with kindness.
  • What was the same?
  • What was different?
  • How did you feel in both cases?
Have a great week!


FROM THE ARCHIVES - Kindness Seeds, 2014

Through our thoughts, actions, and attitudes, we are constantly planting seeds. What kind of seeds are we planting? 

Six years ago I invited people to consider this question. Each day over ten consecutive days, and using inspiration through original drawings by Fish Astronaut, I encouraged people to mindfully plant seeds of kindness.

On the first day, which you can access here, I explained the concept. Then over the next nine days, people received one of Fish's drawings, each intended to be a seed itself.

Access the drawings by clicking on the word "Next" in each posting.
Kind Living inspires people to both recognize
and engage in acts of ordinary kindness.
Copyright © 2020 Andy Smallman, All rights reserved.

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