Kindness has been deeply misunderstood.
Kindness is not weak or passive; it is not all sweetness and light. Kindness is actually among our greatest sources of strength and resilience.
We’ve evolved to be kind because kindness increases the social connection and mutual reliance that allow us not only to survive, but to thrive. It gives us tools to see the world through another’s eyes, act meaningfully in that world, and create and collaborate more effectively. When we leverage kindness, we become more effective leaders, problem solvers, and citizens. It is the linchpin 21st century skill.