Definitions: (1) ready to be of service; helpful; courteous; civil; (2) under a debt of gratitude; appreciative

Synonyms: Oblige emphasizes the idea of doing a favor, often with some effort; obliging and accommodating imply making a gracious gesture; accommodate emphasizes providing a convenience; complaisant indicates one who endeavors to please; kind indicates one who desires to see others happy.

Compatible Qualities: amiable, pleasing

• We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly. — François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778) French philosopher
• Putting forward your positive energy connects you back to basic human values which we all share. No matter the size of the gesture, a smile that brightens someone else’s day or volunteering in your community, we can all take active part in making a difference. — Shari Arison (1957-) American-born Israeli business woman & philanthropist