Dictionary.com defines Gracious as “Pleasantly kind, benevolent, and courteous”. Let’s hope that everyone can get back to that decorum after Election Day, no matter what…
Posts Tagged ‘Synonyms for Kindness’
Dictionary.com defines patience as “capacity, willingness to endure”. I am learning about this willingness to endure as I assist new students acclimate to the US and learning new language, customs and cultures. I have decided that when my year is up for Postaday 2012, I am going to write about my experience as a host for international students! It is fun, but challenging at times, and definitely tiring as I spend most of my days explaining bus and train schedules, act as advocate for school, bank and phone companies, and even deal with family abroad as they are frantic about their family member being so far away. When I feel I have reached my limit where patience is concerned, I remember the kids I am hosting and how frightening it might be for them being so far away from home, and for many, the first time. It is then that my patience seems to regenerate, and I can treat them more kindly and be willing to assist. It’s been fun, frustrating, and fulfilling, sometimes all three in a very short timeframe! Oh, and did I mention I am loving every minute? Stay tuned for more adventures…
- Colleges Encourage More International Student Engagement (usnews.com)
- Student Scholarships, Bond University, Australia (estudiosenexterior.org)
- International students flocking to Western University affiliate campuses (lfpress.com)
- How to Overcome the Challenges of Being an International Student in College (uloop.com)
From Dictionary.com – showing consideration for others; considerate.
When you think of the word “thoughtful” what comes to mind? I think of the friend who one time sent me cards on a regular basis to cheer me up. Or the teacher who spent extra time with me so I could “get it”.
What does it mean for you?
“Adjective – characterized by understanding; prompted by, based on, or demonstrating comprehension, intelligence, discernment, empathy, or the like: an understanding attitude.” ~ dictionary.com
I thought of this word tonight as I was trying to explain a situation that needed compassion. Looking at the expressions of others, I could tell who had an understanding heart – compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental. In this regard I consider the word Understanding synonymous with Kindness. We need more people in the world who have an understanding attitude. Can you think of a time someone had an understanding attitude toward you?
Yes, that’s an old word. Dictionary.com has a form called “Archaic” for one of the definitions as a synonym to Kindness. Although there are a number of different uses for the word, as a synonym here are the closest choices:
Easily moved to sympathy or compassion; kind: a tender heart.
Affectionate or loving; sentimental or amatory: a tender glance.
Having heard this in the “archaic” usage, my mind almost immediately calms, and my heart warms, thinking of ways people have shown tenderness in my life; compassion; tender hearted. I remember one time in particular when I was going through a rough spot and a co-worker invited me to a family dinner, just to get my mind off the event that occurred. It worked: by the time I left I felt less anxious, and grateful that someone cared enough to take time out of their schedule to be sympathetic to my situation in that moment.
Was there a time in your life someone showed you tenderness?