If Kindness is your top strength you are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.

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Virtue Category

Kindness falls under the virtue category of Humanity. Humanity describes strengths that manifest in caring relationships with others. These strengths are interpersonal and are mostly relevant in one-on-one relationships.

Key Concepts

Kind individuals believe that others are worthy of attention and affirmation for their own sake as human beings, not out of s sense of duty or principle. There are three traits of altruistic personalities:

  • Empathy/sympathy
  • Moral reasoning
  • Social responsibility

Catching Kindness in Action

Kindness In Action

Kindness Motto

Be helpful, err toward caring.

Exercises for Boosting Kindness

  • Perform a random act of kindness each day (ex: slowing to allow a car in front of you, complimenting a co-worker, buying a treat for your partner)
  • Say kinder and softer words to people when interacting through email, writing letters, talking on phone. Smile when answering the phone and sound happy to hear from the person on the other end of the line.
  • Take out a friend(s) on a surprise dinner and pay for it.

Examples of Kindness


  • Amelie
  • Bagdad Café
  • Pay It Forward
  • The Blind Side
  • Meet John Doe
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  • We Are The World
  • Angel Flight - Radney Foster/Darden Smith
  • Lean on Me - Bill Withers
  • I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing - Demi Holborn
  • Put a Little Love in Your Heart - Al Green & Annie Lennox
  • Your Song - Elton John
  • You've Got a Friend - Carole King

Where Does Kindness Fall In Your Strengths Profile?

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