Should one expect a reward when doing a good deed?

@simon611 (598)
China
November 26, 2008 8:21am CST
No one can expect that he or she never has been in trouble during his or her life,so it is common that people help each other .Some people think it is unfair that they get nothing when do good things.There is not free meal in the world.But I think we help others is our trational moral.If you do like this,you will get oters' help as a return. What do you think about it ?
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7 responses
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
26 Nov 08
I don't think we should expect anything in reutrn. On the contrary what i would expect is that the person i have done a good deed passes it on and does a good deed for someone else.
@simon611 (598)
• China
26 Nov 08
Yes,we should help others when they need help and should not expect any reward,if every do this,the world will become more warmful. Have a nice day.
@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
I believe your principle is true. Instead of waiting good to come back when we have done something good, it would be better to think of other people also. The thing we've done for someone may be passed to other people also. We may not know that in the future, it is our relative who received the consequence of what we've done to others.
@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
For me it is already a reward to do good things. It is our character and not the things that may return which matters most. Knowing that we are punished for every bad thing we have done, it would be also reasonable that God will pay for the good things we have done. It is one summary of the ten commandments to love the people around us by doing good to them. We grew to think of thing for ourselves and it's really not easy to think of others even from time to time.
@simon611 (598)
• China
28 Nov 08
What you say is very goo,it is already a reward to do good things.We should try to do more good thins. Thank you for your response. Have a nice day. I love mylot.
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
pay it forward - The expression "pay it forward" is used to describe the concept of third party beneficiary in which a creditor who offers the debtor the option of "paying" the debt forward by lending it to a third person instead of paying it back to the original creditor.
Well, I always believe in paying it forward. When you do a good deed, do not expect that it would be returned to you, instead expect that the person whom you have done good deed will do good deed towards other people.
@simon611 (598)
• China
26 Nov 08
I agree with you. Thank you for your response. Happy mylotting.
@jackiew (915)
• Canada
28 Nov 08
I never expect anything.I help alot of people and i do it because it gives me pleasure to be able to help them.My aunt needed help to wash down her home for christmas and i spent two days over there helping her out.She offered and i said no way,I did this because i wanted to.
@Humbug25 (12551)
27 Nov 08
Hi simon611 I am always doing good deeds for people and they don't always show their gratitude. That is life but I can put a smile on my face knowing that I have done something good for someone and one day my turn will come.
@jedimind (200)
• Singapore
26 Nov 08
nope. if you do a good deed and expect something in return, that would mean you have an ulterior motive. in my opinion, a good deed should be done without any ulterior motives. you should not do a good deed so that the recipient is indebted to you. you should do a good deed because you want to help them
@Porcospino (28278)
• Denmark
26 Nov 08
It is said that a real good deed is an anonymous deed, and I believe that is true. If you help someone you might not get rewarded the way you expected but that doesn't mean that your efforts were wasted. I believe that you have to give in order to receive, but the best way to receive is to give without expecting anything in return. It is my experience that rewards tend to fall into my lap when I least expect them or when I don't feel that I "ought" to get rewarded.