“I gave her a compliment and she didn’t give me one.”
“I loaned him money when he was in debt. Now, he wont even give me a dime during my time of need.”
Here’s my two cents on not getting hurt when someone fails to reciprocate:
Don’t reduce your kind words and offerings to acts of trade.
Do what you do because you really want to do it, say what you say because you sincerely mean it, and choose to “like” things for reasons that involve actually “liking” them.
If your primary motives are based on the intrinsic reward of self-fulfillment, then no one’s lack of reciprocation can ever get the best of you.
There is great power in making social connections through acts of good, but that power works best when it comes from genuine interest, authentic appreciation, and the honest pursuit of what is loved for its own sake.
When you make the procurement of joy your first priority in any transaction, you’ll never end up feeling empty-handed.