January’s Character Strong: Kindness

January's Character Strong: Kindness

Sara Lao and Cassidy Wong

By Sara Lao and Cassidy Wong


Kindness comes from the heart. It’s the act of consideration and friendliness. Complimenting someone by saying, “Your hair looks nice today,” is being kind. You shouldn’t be kind because it is prescribed; instead, you should be kind because it makes you feel gratified. It isn’t hard to be kind; it comes naturally. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” —The 14th Dalai Lama.

“A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.” —Joseph Joubert.

“You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Kindness could change a person’s life. If someone was suicidal and you treated them kindly, they may have a reason to live another day. If you were kind to someone having a bad day you could give them a good moment. It is never too late to start being kind, even if you weren’t kind before. Change in people isn’t fundamentally an immoral thing. You aren’t sinful if you change to be friendly and kind.

Is today the day you will enforce the kindness inside of you and encourage yourself and others to be kind?

Some January Character Dares: Kindness

“Thursday, 1/14 – The month of January our character focus is KINDNESS. Today’s character dare is: Birthday Bash. Find one person in your school whose birthday is this week and prepare a Zoom get together. Plan to eat a snack, dance, or just visit! Hand Make a card and send it to them in the mail or make a virtual card using a PowerPoint slide! Kindness speaks loudest when thought and love go into it.

“Friday, 1/15 – The month of January our character focus is KINDNESS. Today’s character dare is Share You Skills. Pick one of your talents and find a way to humbly mentor a younger sibling or neighbor who is looking to develop that skill. If it’s a neighbor you might have to get creative and teach or help them with something over zoom!” – January Character Dares: Kindness