In my previous article I looked at some of the pros and cons of being an egoistic person. In this article I will look at the other side of the coin, the pros and cons of being selfless person.
The Benefits of Being a Self-Resident
Most benefits you gain from being selfless are inner benefits. It feels really good when you can help people out in a bad situation. Sometimes the least action or care words can make a big difference in the lives of others.
Another thing to consider is that being unselfish and helping others builds up good karma. For those who do not like the word karma, you can look at it as simple cause and effect. If you are doing very well, you can expect it to be returned to you. It's the same for evil that many evil things will come to you sooner or later. You harvest what you sew.
Perhaps one of the best benefits you like to be selfless, the chance to meet and relate to other unselfish people. You will generally not find selfish people who volunteer their time and help people. It is much easier to have mutually beneficial and satisfying friendships, partnerships and relationships with people who care about you and not just them.
The disadvantages of being a selfless person
Unfortunately, altruistic is not all puppies and rainbow. You will have to deal with selfish people who take advantage of your kindness. In some cases, a person will help make that person expect you to do everything they want whenever they want. When you inevitably tell them no, they become very angry.
Even people who are not selfish can try to monopolize your time and energy, sometimes unconsciously. They can really really enjoy your company and the good feelings you give them so they will be around you as much as possible. Normally a gentle but firm reminder that there are other people and obligations in your life will take care of this problem.
Another possible disadvantage may come from being so selfless that you only think of others and neglect your own needs. You must remember to take care of yourself so you can continue to help others.
In my mind, the benefits of being a selfless person are significantly greater than the disadvantages. As long as you remember to stand up for yourself and take care of yourself, a more selfless person will help make the world a better place.