Post Reply What is the difference between niceness and kindness?
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So, tell me what is the difference between niceness and kindness? How are the different from each other? What do you think?
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Kindness will put you out of your misery. Niceness will say they understand how you feel.
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Basing off my own opinions and few comparisons of the definitions of "kind" & "nice" themselves, I think nice is more... agreeable, almost? And kindness shows sympathy and offers moral advice, etc. I also feel niceness is what can be shown on the outside, less frequently than kindness. Niceness is common courtesy while kindness is a nature that is often more genuine.
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Niceness is acting good, kindness is meaning it.
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Some people may just act polite as a form of social conduct. Being kind is when someone goes out of their way to show that they really do care.
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I use them interchangeably most of the time but I'd say kindness is more genuine.
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galaxiias wrote:

Basing off my own opinions and few comparisons of the definitions of "kind" & "nice" themselves, I think nice is more... agreeable, almost? And kindness shows sympathy and offers moral advice, etc. I also feel niceness is what can be shown on the outside, less frequently than kindness. Niceness is common courtesy while kindness is a nature that is often more genuine.


Interesting.
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Nice is through our words. Kind is through our actions.

When I'm outside in the world, believe it or not I'm actually nice to people, and also kind. The Internet is just an extension of my thoughts. It's just easier for me to communicate my full potential.

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Most of the time, I think they're interchangeable. But if you really want to distinguish between them, I would agree with others here who say that kindness carries a little more weight than niceness. I think Humms is on to something, saying that kindness is associated with direct actions.
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kilikikero wrote:

Niceness is acting good, kindness is meaning it.





llunga wrote:



Some people may just act polite as a form of social conduct. Being kind is when someone goes out of their way to show that they really do care.





Humms wrote:

Nice is through our words. Kind is through our actions.

When I'm outside in the world, believe it or not I'm actually nice to people, and also kind. The Internet is just an extension of my thoughts. It's just easier for me to communicate my full potential.



I think those quotes hit the nail on the head, assuming we're making the distinction based on the words' connotations. When I hear someone is nice, I get the impression they're apparently nice. Whereas, when someone is kind, I get the impression they actually did something that was nice.
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Niceness is generally considered being polite, it's how one behaves in a social manner. Kindness doesn't care for tact or a lack of it, kindness can be seen as being altruistic, compassionate, and thoughtful. However, both overlap and can be used interchangeably.

Words are just words at the end of the day, and we do not care for words, we care for what the words tell us.
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My thoughts on it:

Niceness has to do with the social atmosphere. It's concerned with maintaining an immediate tone and set of circumstances wherein you and the people around you aren't in a bad mood - this phrasing is important, as the focus is on avoiding the negative, rather than necessarily seeking the positive. People who are nice instinctively or reflexively sense the potential direction of conversations and activities and attempt to defuse confrontations or other stressful situations.Niceness is about comfort. It's behaviour that seeks a stress-free atmosphere for oneself and those nearby, not because of attachment or compassion, but because of empathy: seeing people in a bad mood puts you in a bad mood, so it's best for everyone to be in a good mood. Niceness is anticipatory: it acts on the outside world in order to influence what the outside world gives back to the individual. The opposite of nice is confrontational.

Kindness is more personal. Rather than a social behaviour, it's a basic sympathy for other people and a genuine desire to improve their lives. Kind people feel satisfaction when they're able to help someone. They tend to view themselves according to what they can contribute to their loved ones' lives or society as a whole, and may be willing to make sacrifices from their own resources in order to make that contribution. Kindness stems from attachment and fellowship, and is usually selective. Most people are kind to their loved ones, while significantly fewer are kind to everyone. Kindness looks to improve someone's own well-being specifically, usually in a way that the kind person personally values. A practical kind person might help others financially, for example, while a creative kind person might try to inspire them. Kindness is reactionary: it takes in outside information and acts according to how that information makes the individual feel. The opposite of kind is selfish.

So, niceness is a broadly and immediately applied trait stemming from a desire to avoid stress, while kindness is a specifically and consistently applied trait stemming from a desire to help people. Any given person can display one, both, or neither of them, and each in a plethora of degrees and patterns.

tl;dr: Same basic sentiment that most people have expressed here.
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Niceness is good manners towards someone.
Kindness is good action towards someone.
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Nice = Politeness
Kind = Altruism


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