While on the surface they might look very similar, Niceness and Kindness are different things. Niceness’s mission is to make everybody feel “happy” or at least “okay,” and to prevent any uncomfortable situations. Kindness on the other hand aims to genuinely help people without being concerned about the perception of others. Niceness is rooted in fear of displeasing others while Kindness is rooted in humility.
Darin Suthapong (Eng)
Beautifully put. I would say a lot of us need to incline our behaviour towards kindness rather than niceness. In social circles, it is the norm to be nice, kindness looks quite overwhelming. Still, kindness must be for your own sake, not to please others.