34 Writing Prompts about Kindness
A child playing in the park notices a bully, and they run away. He loses his opportunity to spend time in the park. A part of him is left to feel lonely and helpless.
However, if just one person shows that child some kindness, stepping in to defend him from the bully, then their world is completely different.
They know that they’re not alone and that other people care about them. They realize just how much more powerful kindness is than hate or sorrow.
It’s vital for children to understand why kindness matters so much to them and their classmates. This way they can harness its power, and respect it moving forward, bringing kindness into their everyday life.
How to Use These Prompts on Kindness:
The best way to use these writing prompts is as an introduction to a larger discussion on the subject of kindness.
They allow students to think deeply and independently on the subject, as they work on their answers. This means that they will have a strong idea of kindness as they enter the larger class discussion, confident in what they are going to say. The discussion aspect allows students to get other perspectives on the prompts and thoughts on kindness as a whole. By bringing different ideas forward, everyone gains something new from the lesson.
These questions can be looked at individually. Taking on one question, every day for a week is a great way to get students to think about the subject and let it sink in over time. In other cases, it may be better to make this a one-day unit, which allows for a focused approach to the subject.
Other times, it may be a smart idea to do a prompt once a week. This will make sure that students are thinking about kindness and its virtues over an extended part of the school year.
The Prompts about Kindness:
- What is kindness?
- Is being kind easy or hard? Why?
- Can you think of a situation where you could have been kind, but weren’t? Describe it.
- Have you ever been in a situation where you were kind, but didn’t have to be? What happened because of that?
- Why is it important to be kind to others?
- Describe a time someone was kind to you, but didn’t need to be? How did it make you feel?
- Can kindness be used as a tool? If so, how?
- Have you ever heard the phrase, “Kill them with kindness?” What do you think it means?
- Can a single act of kindness change the world? Why or why not?
- When was the last time that you chose to be kind to someone?
- Have you ever regretted being kind? Why or why not?
- How can you encourage kindness in others?
- What are some ways to be kind to your family every day? How would this affect them?
- What is the opposite of kindness? Does that sound better or easier than being kind? Why?
- How can you be kind to people you don’t know?
- Is it hard to be kind? Why or why not?
- How small of a gesture can something be to still be considered a kind gesture? Can you come up with a few examples?
- Who taught you the most about kindness? What do you remember the most about them?
- Should our role models always be kind people? Why or why not?
- What’s the difference between an act of kindness for a friend and one for a stranger? Does that difference matter?
- Is volunteering a way of being kind to the community? How so?
- What are some ways you can volunteer in your community?
- Is smiling at others an act of kindness? Why or why not? How does it make you feel when someone smiles at you?
- If you were rich, what ways could you be kind that you can’t know?
- Is one act of kindness more important than another? Why or why not?
- During World War I, there was a truce on the Western Front on Christmas Day. It was a small act of kindness, highlighting the soldiers’ humanity. Can you think of any other acts of kindness that have had an impact on history?
- If you want to lead by example, what role does kindness play?
- Is everyone capable of kindness?
- What would the world look like if no one was kind to each other? How would this be different from it is now?
- Do you ever feel incapable of kindness? How does this make you feel?
- Is there any situation where being kind isn’t the answer? If so, what is that situation?
- What is the impact that receiving and giving a compliment can have?
- What does it mean to be kind in the face of a bully?
- Is there anyone who you should be kinder to? Why and how?
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Kindness creative writing
“No one has ever become poor by giving,” Anne Frank wrote. Yet, when I read the history books or gaze at the outer world, I notice an utter lack of kindness in humanity. There is a lack of generosity of spirit. Far too many people are focused only on themselves, their own wants and needs, the safety and security and well-being of their own tribe.
If you watched the Presidential election, you were stunned by the utter lack of kindness by Donald Trump. Yet, ordinary Americans overwhelmingly elected him to become the next president. And so, I argue that kindness is not one of the values nor virtues many Americans admire.
In my own experience here in Canada, I witness the utter lack of kindness among strangers. I observe way to many people lost in thought or self-absorbed about their own lives, and in behaving in this manner they fail to be kind to others.
You only have to drive your car at rush hour to experience the madness of the commute.
When mum declined and died in hospital, I witnessed first hand the indifference of healthcare workers.
Whenever strolling downtown, I observe countless people ignoring the homeless plea for pocket change.
Watch the news on television, and all you see are the evils of humanity, such as terrorism, war, murder. You’d think that we have learned how to be civil by studying history. But we haven’t.
Watch a film at the theatre, and you quickly discovered how these elements are often glorified or key features of the Hollywood narrative. Witnessing the lack of kindness on the big screen socializes us to become indifferent to the obligation to behave in a kind way towards others, whether friend or stranger.
The antithesis of kindness is cruelty, nastiness, and selfishness—or thinking only of one’s self.
Imagine what kind of world we’d inhabit if everyone was nasty, cruel,brutish, selfish? It would be hell on earth.
kindness is not a “quid pro quo endeavour.” The person who believes in and lives the virtue of kindness expects nothing in return.
One could argue that kindness is an act of altruism.
Kindness is certainly a selfless act of generosity, generosity of spirit.
The easiest way to make kindness part of your life is to practice ” random acts of kindness.” Essentially, each day, you make a point of being kind in some small way to another person.
These random acts can be expressed in several ways: Giving of your time, such as volunteering. Giving of your presence, such as visiting an elderly parent. Giving someone less fortunate your money or food or possessions, perhaps pocket change to the homeless man on the street. Being courteous, (something I have been working on) to everyone, whether they deserve it or not. Interacting with a warm, accepting heart, not with nastiness or cruelty or selfishness. Not being indifferent to the plight of others. ( not easy to do when you are burdened with your own despair.)
We can learn to embrace kindness by acknowledging that it’s an endeavour we value, just like we have learned to value non-violence when there is conflict: we ought not kill, commit sexual assault, punch another person in the face….
Another way to inject kindness into the soul is by being compassionate. When someone is in need, we come to their aid, with the intention of eliminating or minimizing their suffering.
The person who is living their faith embodies kindness to both people and animals. True kindness is not strictly helping or being generous to one’s own tribe.
The person who values kindness for the sake of humanity believes it must be a universal spiritual practise—without exception.
The Dalai Lama said, “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
Proverbs 3:3 of the Holy bible states, “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck; Write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Sometimes, it’s not easy to determine if a person lacks kindness. They say all the right things, such as please and thank you. They hold the door open for others. They wait their turn while driving during rush hour. They give their pocket change to the homeless man on the street…Yet, they have still not learned what it means to be kind.
One of the easiest ways to determine whether a person embodies kindness is to observe them interacting with their pets. Any man or woman who is cruel to their cat or dog lacks kindness.
Kindness also requires that we stop blaming or finger pointing. When you are filled with resentment or anger, the soul is poisoned, and we are unable to be genuinely kind to others.This mind-set , triggered by our hostile emotions creates obstacles, which make it more difficult to be kind. The Buddhists have it right when they tell us to ” let it be” and “let it go.”
Unfortunately, kindness is a spiritual practise that seems to be in decline. We can blame Western culture, the business ethic of rugged individualism, the capitalist notion of maximizing profits at any cost, and the decline of religion as a spiritual force that can nurture kindness.
kindness – quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
With kindness, with a kind nest, you will ever have a happy home.
Kindness is a soft flowering of the soul, one that requires a strength of character to remain in ever-bloom.
Let kindness and love develop as your basic operating system so that all other choices must have compatibility. With a brain that runs that way, you’ll be a credit to yourself and those who love you.
There was kindness in his smile, a gentleness. It was the smile of one who laughed with ease and saw person under the behaviour, a soul-connector. He was the kind of person who lived how he believed people should, as if he were sunshine that only radiated from the best aspects of those he met, their flaws entirely invisible to his gaze. He was a calm sea, dancing birdsong and the new buds of spring. Yet, most of all, he was my friend.
Her eyes spoke of a beautiful soul and her movements told of a need for nurture, but then perhaps that’s how we all are. How telling it is that so many have the appearance of the animal that has known intense suffering, such at the dogs that are rescued from cruel indifference. I knew right then, that all she needed was my love, something steady to hold onto and in time those eyes would shine as they were born to. And perhaps in that rescuing of her I was rescuing myself too. For what is the appearance but the window dressing of the soul?
In this life, my good friend, you aren’t the fountains in the park or the fireworks on the fourth of July. You aren’t a fine wine or an aged cheese. You are fresh air and clean water, you are rich soil for the harvest and the sweet spring rain. You are all the things we don’t know we need or love so dearly, until they are gone. So now that we swim in the tidewater of our sixth decades, it’s time to tell you what you mean to me, what you mean to all those lives you have touched. No-one can change the world in a single stroke, my love, but with each kind deed you made all the difference in the world and I feel blessed to know you.
She had a kind of understated beauty, perhaps it was because she was so disarmingly unaware of her prettiness. Her black skin was completely flawless. I doubt she used face masks or expensive products, that really wasn’t her m.o. She was all about simplicity, making things easy, helping those around her to relax and be happy with what they have. Perhaps that is why her skin glowed so, it was her inner beauty that lit her eyes and softened her features. When she smiled and laughed you couldn’t help but smile along too, even if it was just on the inside. To be in her company was to feel that you too were someone, that you had been warmed in summer rays regardless of the season.
Horse whisperers take the approach of love and kindness. They don’t lean in and speak in a special equine language, they let the horse run free in a pen. When she stops they signal the horse and if she stands they will pet her like her mother did, with soft body contact. When she wants to run away they let her run it out. When she tires of that she’ll come back for more petting. The process repeats, the horse learns to trust them and then they begin to work together in a positive relationship. What is the “traditional” approach? To “break” a horse? Whips, fear, beating – often ending in sending the horse for slaughter when it is too traumatized to be of use. Why do we treat horses this way? Do we treat people this way? Can we see the same approach in our homes and schools? Do we control our children with fear tactics? Isn’t that how the education system began?