We’re taught in school that doing the right thing when faced with an ethical dilemma should be a reward in and of itself. But it turns out that sometimes good deeds also have unexpected perks beyond simply a clean conscious. Last month, a homeless man named Glen James found a lost backpack in Boston containing more than $40,000. James turned the backpack in to the police without taking any of the money. Inspired by the good deed, a man in Virginia set up an online donation fund to help raise money for James. So far, donations have topped $150,000 from over 6,000 people, and continue to grow. But rewards for good deeds don’t have to involve cash to be meaningful. Last year, a man was robbed in Kentucky when he stopped to help a woman who was having car trouble. His Carhartt jacket was ripped in the altercation but Carhartt, upon hearing the story, sent him a replacement. And in 2011, an unemployed Atlanta man found a wallet full of cash in a subway station and turned it in to authorities. Impressed with his honesty, a convenience store gave the good Samaritan something he had wanted for three years: a job. And there are opportunities to do good deeds at the workplace, too. Recently, a Dairy Queen employee named Joey Prusak noticed that a blind man had dropped a $20 bill. When another customer picked it up and wouldn’t return it, Prusak refused to serve her and then gave the blind man $20 from his own wallet. Afterwards, Prusak, an auto-racing fan, got invited on The Queen Latifah Show where NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick gave him tickets to the Daytona 500. All of which shows that it literally pays well to do the right thing…even if that’s the part of ethics they don’t teach you in school.
The Daily News Post India (tdnpost)