The Power of Kindness in an Unkind World

By Maggie Ney, ND

Acts of kindness are often relatively simple things we can do that can have the effect of increasing our own happiness while also letting others know they’re not alone. For many of us, there has never been a more important time in our lives to approach the world and all our interactions through kindness. A fundamental principle of acting through kindness is to give people the benefit of the doubt. We have no idea what challenges others might be facing daily during this pandemic. All of our lives have been turned upside down, our routines uprooted, our relationships changed, our finances strained, and our primal need for social interactions unfulfilled indefinitely. Our children may be struggling with distant learning, we may be having trouble balancing our children’s needs with our own work and household responsibilities. We may be wanting a child or a partner so bad it makes the loneliness of this pandemic feel so much greater. So, in those time when a call is not returned, when a co-worker or family member drops the ball, or a car cuts you off, let us all just pause, breathe, and take the next step with kindness and love. You’ll feel better and the outcome of these interactions improved. When you approach the world through love and kindness, love and kindness bounce back to you and fill you up – giving you the strength and motivation to keep going.  

Maggie Ney, ND is director of the Women’s Clinic at the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine and specializes in hormonal imbalances and healthy aging. Call us at 310-451-8880 or email us at