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4 good things about being selfish

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Selfishness is often seen as a negative quality, but Melissa Deuter, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center, disagrees. She and another expert offer a few reasons why being selfish can be good for you.

  1. You’ll prioritize your health. Selfish people make time to take care of themselves, especially to exercise.
  2. You’ll be more successful. Selfish people unapologetically pursue their goals and aren’t shy about asking for raises or promotions.
  3. Your relationships will be better. Selfish people aren’t easily manipulated by other people and aren’t afraid to set boundaries in their relationships.
  4. Selfish people tend to be happy people. They spend free time doing things they enjoy and know how to communicate what they like and dislike.

— Adapted from “4 Reasons Why Being Selfish is Good for You,” Stephanie Vozza, Fast Company.

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