Ego and self-esteem both have an opposite effect on one another. Where one is fed, the other diminishes. We must exercise caution in differentating the two. Ego temporarily provides a sense of gratification and fulfillment but gradually creates separation, loneliness, and conflict. Self-esteem, initially, may seem contradictory where one shifts focus away from self and directs it towards others, but in time creates a sense of fulfillment, purpose, and connection. In short, the more I am ‘all about me’ the more disharmony I create; and the more I am about others, the tighter the bonds and greater the balance I bring into life. Mastering this art is the simplest way to happiness.