Question of the day

If someone does you a favor, do you feel like you “owe” them something in return?

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8 Responses to Question of the day

  1. mssc54 says:

    Nope. I don’t “keep score.” Now if I ask them to help out and they do then I may reciprocate.

  2. Laura says:

    I think I’m inclined to return a favor that’s done for me, whether I ask or not. It just seems neighborly.

  3. SKL says:

    It depends. If I’m having a crisis and someone becomes my angel for that moment, I feel super grateful, but I don’t feel like that’s a transaction. That’s more of a “pay it forward when you get the chance” kind of thing. But if it’s more of a convenience type of favor, I like to try to keep the back-and-forth in balance.

    I have a friend who tends to do more than her share of favors, and makes it hard for me to reciprocate much. For example, she’ll have me over for dinner and then (since I don’t cook) I’ll take her out to a restaurant she likes, but she’ll insist on paying. When I say I want to do something for her because she’s done so much for me, she acts offended. Now, these are not life-or-death favors, but I still feel kinda low-life for not figuring out some way to reciprocate. I feel people should make it easy and even ask for a favor to help the other person feel good about the balance.

  4. Joy says:

    No not really. I’d help anyone that needs it and vice versa. I don’t keep track or anything like that. If someone helped me in a huge way I may send a gift certificate or something but with friends and neighbors, it’s just the thing to do.

  5. Jenny says:

    no I don’t think so

  6. Sue says:

    I don’t either.

  7. Phyllis says:

    No, I feel a favor is something that is done out of a person’s heart. I do lots of things for others because I care ….. others do things for me for the same reason. There isn’t any score keeping. 🙂

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