These questions invoke empathy and generosity, and make you more mindful of the actions you take and the words you use. When you frame your contribution as a genuine gift, it’s liberates you from the fear of being pushy or being rejected. Examining your motives helps you avoid being manipulative, insincere, or otherwise doing something you’re uncomfortable with.
Seth Godin described it as the “sound of confidence”: “Generosity, not arrogance. Problem-solving, not desperation. Helpfulness, not selfishness.”