Slightly revised from earlier (hope it's clearer!)
From something I edited yesterday:
"If, after a short time of giving to someone less fortunate than you, you still feel that bad, then volunteer some more. "
Which "you" should be "yourself"? "Yourself" is a reflexive, which means that you're going back to the subject "you."
I gave myself a present (not I gave me a present).
He likes himself (not He likes him).
...after a short time of giving to someone less fortunate than yourself, you... (not than you).
You can't use a reflexive unless you're referring back to something already stated:
I sent flowers to him and to myself (you're referring back to "I").
He gave flowers to Jane and me (not to Jane and myself). (You can't say to myself here because you haven't stated I or me.)
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