Altruism is made up of the small decisions we make to put others before ourselves. This is vital for my recovery if I am going to maintain my sobriety. I always try to think of others before myself but addiction is a selfish disease. Practicing the principle of selflessness in my life has not always been easy, but is definitely worthwhile when I see the benefits of a selfless act. If we all tried to be more generous with our time, love, and compassion, the world would be a much better place.