If someone asks you to do them a kindness, they mean a nice, kind act, the kind that makes you think of puppies and daisies.

The noun kindness can be used for a kind act or to describe someone's temperament. You might say of someone that her kindness is quite genuine, or on the other hand she fakes kindness to get what she wants.

Definitions of kindness
  1. noun
    the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic
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    lack of sympathy
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    generosity, generousness
    the trait of being willing to give your money or time
    an inclination to do kind or charitable acts
    tender kindness motivated by a feeling of affection
    considerateness, consideration, thoughtfulness
    kind and considerate regard for others
    the trait of being considerate and thoughtful of others
    generosity as manifested by practicing charity (as for the poor or unfortunate)
    bounteousness, bounty
    generosity evidenced by a willingness to give freely
    the quality of being kind and generous
    liberality, liberalness
    the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament
    the quality of not putting yourself first but being willing to give your time or money or effort etc. for others
    brotherly love, charity
    a kindly and lenient attitude toward people
    tact, tactfulness
    consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense
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    good, goodness
    moral excellence or admirableness
  2. noun
    tendency to be kind and forgiving
    synonyms: forgivingness
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    mercifulness, mercy
    a disposition to be kind and forgiving
  3. noun
    a kind act
    synonyms: benignity
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    benefaction, benevolence
    an act intending or showing kindness and good will
    cupboard love
    a show of affection motivated by selfishness
    favor, favour
    an act of gracious kindness
    forgiveness, pardon
    the act of excusing a mistake or offense
    the act of showing affection
    consideration, thoughtfulness
    a considerate and thoughtful act
    good turn, turn
    a favor for someone
    a pardon by treating the offender as if the offense had not occurred
    the act of freeing from guilt or blame
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    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
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