Instead, pay it forward

Reciprocity is fundamental to our nature.

“You scratch my back, I scratch yours.”

“An eye for an eye.”

“Do unto others what you would have them do to you.”

It also fosters generosity. If I am generous to you, you are likely to be generous to me.

But a gift goes farther when we pay it forward instead. For one, the person who gave us a gift would not like to have it back. Secondly, paying it forward multiplies the gift. If one person gifted me a great book, I can gift it to three others now. Reciprocity builds bilateral bonds. Paying it forward builds communities.

When you receive a gift, pay it forward rather than pay it back.

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