Joshua Becker wrote an excellent post on the Becoming Minimalist blog about what there is to gain by being selfless. I talk here a lot about creating true wealth – and while that often involves gaining new skills and making money it also means becoming a better person. It means finding the best quality of life.
Selflessness is part of that path toward a better life. It is a form of wealth though one might not initially think so. It is about living life with genuine purpose.
Selflessness is an important key to marriage, friendships, and relationships. It is also an essential key to happiness and fulfillment. But unfortunately, often overlooked.
Selflessness is often overlooked as a key to happiness because, on the surface, it appears to run contrary to the very notion. I mean, isn’t the pursuit of happiness by its very nature selfish?
No, it is not. Or at least, it doesn’t need to be.
Our lives can be lived for any number of purposes. They can be used to advance a personal kingdom for selfish reasons (money, possessions, fame, prestige, reputation). But our lives can also be lived for the pursuit of justice, happiness, or growth for another person or people group. We can live to solve the problems we encounter in this world. We can dedicate ourselves to advancing certain ideals. But only when we embrace service and selflessness will we find lasting significance in our world.
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.