How to be less selfish

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To be less selfish and more altruistic is not difficult if you are totally confident of yourself and content with your life. Being unselfish can also win you friends and make you a popular person. Most of us are selfish from time to time and it would be difficult to be otherwise because after all we are all humans. Some of us make selfishness a virtue and such philosophy may be good for a discussion but in real life it will not fetch you friends. Here are some helpful hints to stop acting for only your own good and help others.

A few suggestions

  1. Be nice to people and give help to someone who requires it. Remember by helping others you are also helping yourself in the long run.
  2. Doing a true act of unselfishness usually brings happiness to the giver because happiness is about giving rather than receiving. Happiness it is not about how much money you have in the bank but the level of selfishness that you have. The more selfishness the less happiness – perfect inverse proportion.
  3. Be honest to others and to yourself, and if you need to ask somebody for some favor do one in return.
  4. Put others before you, especially your family and friends. Find out about their needs and wants and then think of your selfish ones.
  5. Be considerate to people you know and to strangers. Remember a good deed never goes waste.


  • Don’t interrupt people when they are talking to give your own view or tell your own adventure, it is not only rude and disrespectful it is a pure and simple act of selfishness.
  • Volunteer to help at soup kitchens and natural calamity areas and wherever you think your help is rewuired.


  • When you do something for someone, don’t become condescending and pompous about it.
  • Don’t try too hard. Let it come to you slowly but surely and you will enjoy it more.