Loving-kindness is an aspect of the caring feelings we can have in life that includes feelings of good-will, benevolence, unselfish friendliness, and love. It has a full, radiant quality to it. Loving-kindness can have the tone of friendly-care or gentle friend — a loving, caring orientation we can experience toward others and toward ourselves.
Loving-kindness is a feeling state that can naturally arise within us — something we might feel spontaneously toward another or toward ourselves. It is also a quality we can actively work to cultivate in our lives in different ways such as through the practice of loving-kindness meditations.