In my previous article, I studied some of the pros and cons of being a selfish person. In this article, I will look at the other side of the coin as a selfless person's strengths and weaknesses.
The Advantages of Being a Selfless Person
Most of the advantages you gain from selflessness are inherent benefits. It feels great when you can help people who are in bad health. Sometimes the smallest movements or care words can have a major impact on someone's life.
Another thing to consider is that you are accumulating good karma by being selfless and helping others. For those who don't like the word "karma", you can think of it as a simple causal relationship. If you do a lot of good things, you can expect it to be returned to you. The same is true of evil. Doing so many evil things will catch up with you sooner or later. You have harvested what you have planted.
Perhaps one of the best advantages you can get from selflessness is the opportunity to meet and interact with other unselfish people. You usually don't find selfish people voluntarily taking the time and helping others. Partnerships and relationships are much easier to build friendships and relationships with people who care about you, not just themselves.
Disadvantages of being a selfless person
Unfortunately, altruism is not all puppies and rainbows. You will have to deal with selfish people and take advantage of your goodwill. In some cases, helping a person at a time will make that person expect you to do whatever they want at any time. They will become very angry when you inevitably tell them that they are not.
Even those who are not selfish may try to monopolize your time and energy, sometimes even unconsciously. They may really like your company and the kindness you give them, so they want to be as close to you as possible. Usually gentle but firmly reminds you that there are other people and obligations in life that will deal with this problem.
Another possible shortcoming may come from being so selfless, you can only think of others and ignore your needs. You must remember to take care of yourself so that you can continue to help others.
In my opinion, the benefits of being an unselfish person far outweigh the disadvantages. As long as you remember to stand up and take care of yourself, becoming a more selfless person will help make the world a better place.