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Favor Frenzy

Is it okay to ask for favors over and over and over?

In our hectic world, we often need to rely on our friends to pitch in with aid from time to time, and most friends are happy to help when they are able.  

Yet, some people become easily comfortable with asking for favor after favor rather than initially seeking ways to resolve a problem without assistance. 

Be aware of asking friends and family for frequent favors. Most are willing to give and to help when someone is truly in need, yet lose a willingness to support people who repetitively ask for goods or services that they could likely acquire on their own with a bit of self-sacrifice. 

According to the blog Classy & Fabulous, "Friendship is really about how you feel when you are with the other person and how they love and encourage you, not about what can be obtained from them. An occasional exchange of favors is almost inevitable in any friendship, but no true friendship is based upon the expectation that friends will be there to provide favors."

Sincere people who consistently look for ways to be more of a "giver" than a "taker" (even when times are tough for them) often find that their friends will provide in tough situations without even having to be asked.

Most seek to play the role of 'serving out of love' as opposed to 'doing a favor.'

Jacquelyn Flesner is a Certified Etiquette Trainer and Founder of The Etiquette Network. Please visit our website for more information about our programs! www.TheEtiquetteNetwork.com

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