Does Thinking Only About Yourself Make You Miserable?

· September 8, 2017

Most of us have been told that it’s bad to only think about yourself. They say it from a point of view based on morals, religion and family customs. However, as with every rule, there is a message hidden “between the lines”. It might seem that it’s characteristic of every human being to be selfish, and that they need to struggle against their selfish nature to be more virtuous.

With the development of neuroscience, we have proven that the issue is different than we thought. It doesn’t have so much to do with virtue as with the necessary properties for human survival. The ability to see beyond yourself is also a trait of evolved intelligence. And, as if that wasn’t enough, it has also been proven that it increases serotonin, and with it the sensation of happiness.

“The only selfishness that’s acceptable is striving for everyone else to be okay so that you can be even better.”
-Jacinto Benavente-