The Fortis Benefits company in Kansas City hired the Gallup organization to find out why some people return to work more quickly than others. They found that the quick returners almost never think about their physical problems, while those who are slow to come back focus on themselves and their impairment.
When Jesus came to earth, his whole mind was on others, not himself. He taught his followers to do the same thing; to think about others, almost to the point that they forgot themselves. He was teaching them not to be absorbed in themselves. His messageand his examplesay, Do something! Serve someone! Minister, feed the poor, teach the lost!
His whole message is counter to what our basic human nature is, but it works. We live longer and better because of it.