Have you ever just felt the need to help other because you need the warm fuzzy feeling it gives you? I love that feeling! I love helping others because I enjoy knowing that I have done something that will give them hope and positive interactions and maybe prevent them from making ad choices in life. I hope they will pay if forward and help someone else and in some way and let them know that this world is not full of hate and evil.
Everyone is not out to get recognition or the tangible. I am altruistic. I do not need anyone else to know what I did as long as I know what I did. To know that I helped someone else and that they will live a better life because they have hope, peace of mind, and love in it from something that I did makes me happy.
If you are truly altruistic you do good deeds often without even thinking about it and people may or may not thank you often. Moreover, you are not even looking for a thank you. You just do it because it is right. You enjoy doing what it right. It does feel amazing though to be blind-sided by a story of someone telling you of a time you were good unknowingly to them and how it made their whole day on their worse day ever and changed their life. Moments like those just brighten your whole day. It truly does make it worth while and those may be the exceptions and not the rule to why you should be altruistic it should never diminish making an effort. Don’t be the Egoist!
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I love it! I’m a nurse and spend my life helping others and find it truly rewarding. I can’t imagine doing anything else. My husband even laughs at me a bit when I tell him that I can’t imagine wanting to completely retire. I think I’ll always want to be doing something as a nurse. Of course, I can’t help but notice that the narcissist is missing from your picture. She would be on the far left side – even further left than the egoist. Narcissists only do things for others in order to make themselves LOOK altruistic.
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I find myself saying the same thing. I said even when I retire I still need a part time job helping others keeping busy doing something social and customer service oriented because I enjoying serving. And you are completely right! I forgot about that person (the narcissist)…then again they may be obvious to everyone too. We all know someone who is the complete opposite of the altruistic person…I feel like many times they are so transparent it is sickening even though some are quite convincing.