Should one expect a reward when doing a good deed?

@fengbo (731)
China
June 23, 2007 11:35pm CST
A great many people presume upon a reward when conducting a good deed.First and froemost,there is a natural tendency to equate doing good deeds with a certain amount of pecuniary reward,and reward with a certain sum of money.What is more,they maintain that since the basisi of contemporary society by conducting good deeds. Conversely,the vast majority of people assume that doing a good deed should be based on people's individual consciousness of responsibility.Hence,conducting a good deed is fulfilling itself and little significance should be attached to monetary reward.Numerous illustrations can be given,but this will suffice. Generally speaking,it is imperative for us to conduct good deeds without expecting any rewards.For on thing,we should appeal to the authorities to legislate laws and regulations to encourage people to do good deed.For another,we should cultivate people's awareness that conducting good deeds is extremely curcial to us.It is universally acknowledged that we do this for enjoyment,self-fulfillment and spiritual enhancement,not for the purpose of reward. What about you?When you do a good deed,do you expect a reward? Please share your thoughts? Thanks for your response..
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42 responses
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
24 Jun 07
I agree that it is the natural tendency of an ordinary person to expect a reward after a good deed. Otherwise he may feel that his deed is not appreciated and becomes disappointed. This might be apparently true to some extent. But if we could think deeply this expectation might not be perfectly right. There are lots of teachings to advise us “to expect for nothing” after offering our service. My religion does teach me to offer good service and ask for no reward. Nevertheless I believe that good deed does reward, not instantly but very much later on or even in the next life lol… Say frankly I do expect reward after doing a good deed if it’s really deserved.
@fengbo (731)
• China
24 Jun 07
Hi my dear friend,when i looked your response,i think about a word"no pain,no gain",if you choose to do a good deeds,you will expect someone will reward you.I think different people have different opinion,whatever they want to do,they also have they reason.In this society,we advocate do a good deeds not for reward.. i think we must developing this idea..to expect for nothing.. I know some people when they receive other peple's help,they wants to reward to you,ohterwise they will feel owe you soemthing,when they reward you something,like money or another things,they will feel better......Do you notice this?? Thanks for your response.....
@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
24 Jun 07
Yeah, it’s true when we received a good deed from somebody we surely feel indebted and will try our best to repay it for the kindness. Understanding this I always try to do things without asking and expecting any benefits or returns. In this way I would feel at ease as what you had said earlier. After you have created a new discussion, do you expect your friends to respond? If yes, does it mean that you are hoping for a reward? Do you feel depressed if you receive less response? If no, it surely means that you expect for nothing… lol… I really appreciate your fruitful reply. Happy postings!:O
@fengbo (731)
• China
24 Jun 07
yeah,when we receive other people's help,we want to reward they.OF coures,when you reward someone's reward,it was not bad,maybe you will become near to he/she....... Sometimes when i start a new discussion,i hope so many people include my friends will response my discussion at first time. It likes receive one's reward,the best ways is response him/her discussions when someone response your discussion or add comments to thank he/she.... what are you think of? Happy posting again......
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
24 Jun 07
Good deeds should come from the heart. It should be something a persons wishes to do for others because it makes him feel good to help others. Therefore, when someone does a good deed. he shouldn't think of the rewards he might get, or even expect a reward in the first place. If someone does something for someone and expects a reward, it is akin to him providing a paid service, and this cannot certainly be called a good deed. For example, if you have a little problem with your digital camera and the service personnel at the camera shop you visit fixes your problem but charges you for his service, do you say that he did you a good deed? Probably not. But if he is feeling generous and says that it is not a big deal, and decides not to charge you, then perhaps we can say that a good deed was performed. I can say that all my life, I have done many good deeds for others, whether big or small. These are usually favours for friends and colleagues, sometimes for strangers. But I have also been on the receiving end of good deeds as well many times too. Let me quote a very recent example. Yesterday, I was out shopping and bought some DVDs and paid with my credit card. Immediately after, I drove out of the shopping complex. Five minutes after I left, I received a call on my handphone from my credit card bank saying that a stranger had picked up my credit card. I was feeling uneasy because I needed the card back due to some card promotions going on for the month. Immediately I drove back to the shopping complex, called the person and to my relief, got my credit card back easily. The person could have taken my card and not called my bank, or used it dishonestly to buy something with it, but she didn't. Instead she made a very timely (I must say very fast too) call and that enabled me to get my card back within minutes. That I would say was a very good deed done, and I really appreciated her gesture and honesty.
@fengbo (731)
• China
24 Jun 07
yeah,I think he do a good deed to you,otherwise you cannot take back your credit crad at the first time.Sometimes i also meet the kind-hearted person,they help me and don't request any reward,i very appreciation they,so i have a thoughts,when someone have me,i must reward he/she,and if i meet the stranger,i also help he/she..maybe it is my responsibility.hehe....... Do a good deeds come from the heart,you will receive more reward.. Thanks for your response...
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
24 Jun 07
You're certainly welcomed! I've heard this saying quite often: "What goes around, comes around". You do good deeds to others, and others will do good deeds back to you in return some day. You never know when you need people's help, and when you need, you will wish help will arrive and a good deed will be done for you.
@fengbo (731)
• China
25 Jun 07
HI lexus54,i agree with you,we can not know when we need help,and what are you needs?But when we have trouble,the other people will have you at the first time,sometimes so many people help me to solve the trouble at the frist time,i very thanks they....I think when ohters needs help,i will provide help at first time....although everything will not very better at final,but we will try our best to do.... Thanks for your response again...Happy posting...
@roniroxas (10574)
• Philippines
24 Jun 07
well if doing good deeds has an award maybe i have a lot of rewards already...lol. well it is nice to see that afting giving someone a good deed they are so greatful and they give something in return. but how about the less fortunate... who are going to help them if all that wants to help are waiting for the reward.
@fengbo (731)
• China
24 Jun 07
Hi roniroxas,maybe you have a lot of reward if you do a good deed for reward.lol....I think you help other people usually,they are also very appreciate you..When you do a good deed to other,and they thanks for your help,i think it's a nice feeling,when i hear someone say"thank you "to me,i feel very proud.lol...... Thanks for your response..A good deed...
@roniroxas (10574)
• Philippines
24 Jun 07
you are welcome. hope this world will be full of people who are willing to help even without any award.
@fengbo (731)
• China
25 Jun 07
yeah,i agree with you,i also hope the most people are do a good deed don't expect any reward in this world.. Thanks for your response again..
@seksiconnie (1173)
• Philippines
24 Jun 07
My work in a call center before ,customer satisfaction, you'll get commendations, not for the money but for the fame?? coz ,every time i get commendations, they'll have your name post at the tool and eveybody's gonna congratulate you..but you know what? hearing a customer saying thank you for helping them does make you feel good...so i think it's the appreciation of what you did..not the reward..
@fengbo (731)
• China
24 Jun 07
Hi seksiconnie,i think this job can really help so many people when they take a call to the cell center.I think you ever help so many people in this position.I absolutely agree with you,when someone saying thank you for helping them dose make you feel good.I very like this feeling...Thanks for your response...
• Philippines
24 Jun 07
welcome,thanks :)
@thesia03 (31)
• Philippines
25 Jun 07
it doesn't really mean that if u do a good deed you'l be expecting a reward but somehow in your heart you are expecting something to receive but you wont show it. But for me, i think it should be a natural thing to do being righteous and good to others means obeying gods will so everyday of our life must be fruitful by doing good deed. Dont expect rewards. Because our life is a big reward from him.
@fengbo (731)
• China
26 Jun 07
yeah,the life is a big reward from him,we can know from this good deed.. Thanks for your response...
@tamikotan (483)
• Philippines
25 Jun 07
I think our attitude should be not expecting a reward for doing something good. If you do expect to get something out of doing good, then it means you are not sincere about it. You only did that because you were waiting for something in return. You were not really a good samaritan, because you think that you should get something out of helping someone. That is not an act of kindness at all. I feel bad for people who do this or have this way of thinking.
@fengbo (731)
• China
27 Jun 07
yeah,our attitude shoule not expecting any reward after do a good deed.when someone say "thanks" to us,i think it's a nice feeling... Thanks for your response.....
• India
25 Jun 07
The best rewawd when doing a good deed for me is "the appreciation that I get from the people" and not thereward in the form of money or prize.Generally we do a good deed inorder to get self-assurance.I read in an artical in which a boy informed to the railway official that a railway track has a damage.The official reacted soon and checked the track and they saidto him you have saved the life of more than 100 people.The boy got rewarded but most importantly its the popularity he got because of having donethe good deed.theprice money is just for the encouragement.
@fengbo (731)
• China
25 Jun 07
yeah,when we do a good deeds in order to get self-assurance.. sometimes we looked so many do good deeds don't expect any reward.. Thanks for your response...
• United States
24 Jun 07
I work in a convinance store, and have for quite a while, really everyone I know i've met through the job. being a cashier, if your the type to take a minute or 2 and speak with someone, you can get to know your customers quickly, by getting to kno2w them I know what type of people they are, there many people I will help, that come into where I work, and many I will not. I will only do a "good deed" for good people, if they are nasty or ignorant people, then I wont help them. Id do anything for someone if they deserve it
@fengbo (731)
• China
25 Jun 07
Hi nirvana2007,i think they are so many people's work are very particular,they are job is to help other.I hope sometimes will do this work,sometimes i will feel very self-satisfy.... Thanks for your response......
@cabergren (1181)
• United States
24 Jun 07
When I do something nice for someone I do not expect to be rewarded. I get satisfaction just out of helping that person. There should be no reward.
@fengbo (731)
• China
24 Jun 07
yeah,you are right.... Thank you very much...
@Katagiri (426)
• Brazil
24 Jun 07
You should not expect, but it's good when you get. XD
@fengbo (731)
• China
25 Jun 07
yeah,it's a good things for you. Thanks for your response
@argie713 (1809)
• Philippines
24 Jun 07
I don't think one should expect a reward after doing a good deed. Feeling happy after doing a good deed is already a nice reward. Doing good deeds earns you a reward even if you do not ask for it. It may come from someone unexpected.
@fengbo (731)
• China
25 Jun 07
yeah,you can receive more surprise from others when you do a good deed to him,they will reward to you.it is very nice feeling after you doing a good deed. Thanks for your response....
@nannacroc (4049)
24 Jun 07
When I do a good deed it is because I can and I want to. No-one can force others to do good deeds it's just about how you are. I never expect a reward for a good turn.
@fengbo (731)
• China
25 Jun 07
yeah,i agree with you.if you do a good deed to others,it's just you like to do,it will depends on your character defining.ohter cannot force your what to do. Thanks for your response...
@ryanphil01 (4185)
• Philippines
24 Jun 07
When you do good deeds to others do not expect anything in return. When you expect something from a good deed, it defeats the purpose of what you are truly attempting to accomplish. It is the little things that you do that count Do good things in the name of LOVE and do not look for reward or recognition. That comes later may be in the form of appreciations like 'thank you's.'
@fengbo (731)
• China
25 Jun 07
Hi ryanphil01.i think when you do a good deed in order to make our feeling nice. Thanks for your response....KInd-hearted person...
• China
24 Jun 07
???this is the composition of CET6...I also attended the examnation yesterday. It was difficult...
@fengbo (731)
• China
24 Jun 07
yeah,you are right,i failed in this exam,i want to prepare for my next exam.... Thanks for your response....
@senthil2k (1501)
• India
24 Jun 07
No. I dont expect a reward or a payback for any kind of good deed I do to others. I do help others not to get back the help from them, but only for the satisfaction and the peace of mind I get when I can help others and see their smiling faces. Helping others with the expectation of payback from them, is definitely not considered as a GOOD deed according to me. Help others, dont expect from others to help you. Thats my policy.
@fengbo (731)
• China
24 Jun 07
yeah, help others don't expect from ohters to help you.when you do a good deed to other people,you will feel very satisfaction.it's a nice feeling...... Thanks for your response...
@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
24 Jun 07
I think no one should expect a reward when doing good deeds. It seems insincere. It's up to that person who's being helped to decide whether to give a reward, and it's up to the other person whether they want to receive it or not. About asking the authorities to legislate laws on this matter, I think it would be unnecessary.. not because I condemn it. But then it would just create a whole effect that when we give a helping hand, we should expect something back and that's not what i want to teach to my children. It may cultivate people's awareness.. but I think it is somehow unnecessary. Personally, I do not expect a good deed to be rewarded.. I've returned many things in the past, a cell phone, a briefcase (I was working at the airport).. and never have I expected anything. It was nice though that this couple went to the airport florist to give me flowers.. Their appreciation is rewarding but it's not why i do it. :)
@fengbo (731)
• China
24 Jun 07
yeah,no one should expect a reward when they doing a good deed,the most case is receive your help's person wants to reward you,when they thanks you,they will feel contented.so sometimes when we receive reward is better than not reward anything..lol..... what do you think of? Thanks for you response...
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
24 Jun 07
I do not expect a reward when doing a good deed as it is not necessary for me. It would be nice if the person would say thank you but I do not expect or want any monetary award for what I have done. I get satisfaction knowing that I did something nice for someone. It makes me feel good when I am able to put a smile on someone's face. If they pay me or give me a gift that is nice but not necessary. I do not think we should expect rewards as not all people can afford to reward people with money or gifts.
@fengbo (731)
• China
24 Jun 07
yeah,i have the same feeling,doing a good deed when someone say thank you to you,it'a a nice feeling.i think everyone are proud of you.When you don't expect or want any things,you will receive much surprise when someone reward you..... Thanks for your response....kind-heated person..
@_trez_ (38)
• Philippines
24 Jun 07
good deed isn't a good deed if you have a reason for doing it...for me good deed doesn't is doing it with all your heart and not expecting to any reward like what you have said(money)...because if you help others for a purpose like getting others attention or to impress other people
@fengbo (731)
• China
24 Jun 07
yeah,i agree with you,Many people do a good deed only wants to find a chance to near somebody,their good deed isn't a good deed,they have other purpose...But i think those people are very few,we should believe the most people are do good deeds with their true heart....In this society also have so many kind-hearted person. Thanks for your response..
@tracy1985 (654)
• China
24 Jun 07
As for me,I prefer to do a good deed without reward,one the one hand,as a member of society,we should do good deeds,and try our best to help others.on the other hand,if we expect to the rewards after doing a good deed,I think we must lose the happiness and pleasure in numinous. The last but not the least,if you help others,and some day you will be in trouble,others will give you a hand,then you will find that,that is the best reward for you.
@fengbo (731)
• China
24 Jun 07
yeah,in my opinion,if you do a good deed to others,and help other people,when you needs help,they also help you.I think we all perfer to do a good deed without reward. Thanks for your response...
@Shavkat (76597)
• Philippines
22 Nov 12
Having good deeds should not expect anything. The word itself showed that giving assistance freely. I like doing good deeds to other people, without asking any returns.