Selfishness.

It sometimes it may feel as if we live in a selfish world.

People allow shop doors to close behind them without looking to see whether there’s someone following.

They don’t make way for others when they’re walking along a footpath.

They carry on loud conversations on their phones right in your ear.

And these are just the minor irritations of everyday life.

I’m sure you can think of much worse examples yourself.

So what’s the answer?

Do you fight fire with fire?

Do you become twice as selfish yourself?

Well I think (and hope) not.

There’s a lot of evidence that altruism can play a big part in overall mental wellbeing.

In a neat twist, it turns out that doing good can actually make you feel good.

And I suspect the reverse is equally true.

Those who behave selfishly end up with lower moods.

I also reckon that just occasionally our good manners can rub off on those who have lower standards when it comes to thoughtfulness.

Even if you can’t make a dramatic change to your world, you can at least improve your own day by thinking about others.

Why not give it a try today?

One thought on “Selfishness.

  1. Some people are just deeply deeply unconscious and are truly oblivious to their selfishness, they genuinely don’t realise it, so you can either forgive them and smile, because they don’t know any better, or nudge them out of their unconsciousness with a “YOURE WELCOME” when you hold the door open and they don’t say thanks, if you look at them you can see their eye look sideways at you, as if they have just momentarily become conscious but they are too ashamed to face you and carry on to their next objective, which obviously to them overrides anything else, even normal politeness.

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