Posts by Nisha Balaram

Nisha Balaram is a recent UC Berkeley graduate. Her latest job has been at the Greenlining Institute promoting equity and political participation. She is a passionate reader, bird enthusiast, tea drinker, and rampant list-maker. Interact with her @Ninabee90 or email nishabalaram@gmail.com.

Are You Too Nice? How to Be Kind and Be Good to Yourself

“We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens we will have no regrets.” ~Dalai Lama

I finally decided that I would call my friend. By then, our lunch plans wouldn’t have made any sense since it was getting close to midnight.

She answered and started speaking immediately. “Hey, I lost track of time. I’ve been running a lot of errands today. Oh, did you hear about this new job opportunity I’m getting? No? Let me tell you about it…”

I felt a wave of emotion within …