Researchers concluded that people who apply a “tit-for-tat” attitude to life are more likely to be unemployed, have a smaller circle of friends and be less happy.
By contrast, those in the habit of repaying good turns from others were likely to earn higher salaries, have more friends and enjoy life more.
The study, published in the Economic Journal, suggests that those who favour the New Testament maxim of turning the other check to the Old Testament call to repay and eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth are more likely to enjoy fulfilment in life.
A group of economics professors used data from 20,000 people in Germany, who are regularly polled on their socio-economic attitudes, to examine the effects of so-called “negative reciprocity” in the workplace.
Very interesting article by the Telegraph. You can read it here.