The Art Of Being Selfish
June 17 2015

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Recently I’ve been exploring the meaning of the word selfish and today I’d like to share with you what I discovered…

Selfish- adjective

1. Devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc.

2. Characterized by or manifesting concern or care only for oneself.

It interest’s me that a word perceived to be so immoral is defined by words such as devoted, caring, benefits and welfare, that just also happen to be synonyms for the words committed, loving, assistance and protection. How could something so bad be associated with something so good?

We as humans are programmed to take care of our own needs first. The phrase “survival of the fittest” was coined in 1864. However, as we evolved this natural instinct got a bad reputation and became the source of negative emotions such as guilt. But what is there to feel guilty about taking responsibility for your personal, emotional and physical needs before those around you? Surely the more grounded, content, and agile you are the more able you will be to help others?

Therefore, being selfish is the key to living a healthier, more productive, loving and happier life as these four benefits show:

1. You’ll be healthier. Selfish people tend to take better care of themselves instead of giving too much energy away serving the needs of everyone else.

2. You’ll be more successful. Selfish people tend to be more focused and less likely to give up on their goals and dreams.

3. You’ll have better relationships. Selfish people find it easier to set boundaries. Setting boundaries means knowing where you end and the other person begins. By doing so other people will have a harder time manipulating or taking advantage of you, which often or not results in misunderstandings, arguments and generally messy emotions.

4. You’ll be happier. Selfish people spend their time doing activities they like to do. If you have a well-developed sense of who you are, what you enjoy and the ability to communicate this to others, you’ll be a happier person all round.


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