"Natural Psychiatrist" Gratitude vs Kindness

December 14, 2021

"Natural Psychiatrist" Gratitude vs Kindness

Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD

Did you know that 3 Kind Acts each day improved Mental Health in prisoners more than Gratitude in a research study? The prisoners assigned to provide 3 Kind Deeds per day experienced BETTER mental well-being than those in the gratitude and control groups. With gratitude of course being beneficial over nothing. 

Kindness is Queen! 

During these frustrating times, I challenge everyone to commit 3 Kind Acts each day for their own mental health. It is good for you and it is good for the recipient! Many people need to be the recipients of these random acts of kindness right now. Many of my patients that are Seniors, Moms, and Public Servants are especially struggling with their mental health and need your Kind Acts!

When I stumbled upon this research study, I immediately thought of my Grandma Marie seen in the picture washing dishes. As someone that has always struggled with anxiety and depression, I would often stay the weekend with my Grandma and study her like a science project trying to figure out what her secret was. How was she always so happy? How was she a widow and not depressed?

Grandma was very busy committing MUCH MORE than 3 Kind Acts per day! 

Mystery solved. 

While everyone else socialized at a holiday party, my Grandma washed dishes and took care of everyone. Even if it wasn’t her house! After retiring from her career at Tacoma General Hospital as an RN, she still continued to take care of everyone. She took care of many people in her neighborhood and church. Nobody told her to do this she was just always very busy doing kind things for people. Grandma Marie was completely selfless, and one of the happiest people that I will ever have the privilege to know!

Even while depressed, oppressed, or inconvenienced, we still have choices. We can choose kindness and kind deeds over rage and anger. Instead of lashing out at difficult people, what if we choose instead to surprise them with some serious kindness that maybe they don’t even deserve?

If you need my help with your mental health or more information about how Naturopathy works for Mental Health check out my latest blog “Holistic Psychiatry: Vitamins, Hormones & Neurotransmitters” to learn more.

If you know that you need my help then it is time to gift yourself a kind act in the form of a Naturopathic Visit and pop on over to my SCHEDULE page. For those of us that are caregivers, we may need to put ourselves on the list of people that need and deserve Kind Acts... and invest in a Naturopathic program to support our mental health from a Mind-Body-Spirit perspective! We will use Old Fashioned Herbal Medicine, Naturopathy, and Modern Labs via your insurance to improve your mood and chronic disease. Naturopathy is truly amazing for mental health patients! Usually, after my patients discover what their weak spots are it is just a matter of continuing their herbs, hormones, and supplements.

Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD


(480) 837-0900

Dr. Sundene is a Naturopathic Doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is considered a Female Hormone Expert in Women's Health and Bioidentical Hormones. She specializes in Holistic Women's Health for Menopause,  ThyroidHashimotos,  PMS, PerimenopauseAutoimmune, Postpartum, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Food Allergies, Digestion, Dermatology , Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema and Adrenal Hormonal Conditions. In 1999 she began working for a Hormone Doctor prior to starting Naturopathic Medical School. With over 22 years of experience in both Prescription and Natural women's health and hormones, she presents to women the best-integrated health solutions for their Chronic Disease. She has been an Herbalist for over 27 years and enjoys teaching women how to use herbs to balance their hormones, nutrition and optimize their health. Dr. Sundene relies on blood testing for her hormone metrics. The hormone testing is covered per the patient's insurance plan and conducted at certain points in the woman's menstrual cycle. To learn more about Hormone Testing for Women Visit: Bioidentical Hormones. Follow Dr. Sundene on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook for more tips on Women's Health, Female Hormones and Naturopathy!


Yang Y, Zhao H, Aidi M, Kou Y. Three good deeds and three blessings: The kindness and gratitude interventions with Chinese prisoners. Crim Behav Ment Health. 2018 Oct;28(5):433-441. doi: 10.1002/cbm.2085. Epub 2018 Jul 27. PMID: 30051934.

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