1 : a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation remarks having respect to an earlier plan
2 : an act of giving particular attention : consideration
3 : high or special regard : esteem
Giving and receiving respect in today’s environment seems to be very hard to find in our day to day interactions. It seems harder on a daily basis to show respect. From your commute to work, to your morning coffee purchase, to your colleague walking by without a simple hello, all interactions lacking in the ability to be shown respect can make you give up showing respect to them. Start with yourself to help bring back respect in our everyday lives. Be that change agent. Make it your everyday mission.
You can earn respect from the people you interact with every day. The actions you take do make a difference and don’t require much effort.
Incorporate these mannerisms into your everyday interactions:
- Show gratitude. Your parents were right. Use your manners when interacting with people. Say please, thank you when others are helping you. Other manners to remember to use, do not interrupt, ask for permission.
- Carry yourself in a respectable manner. Act in a way that would make your parents proud of you. Refrain from taking part in something that you would tell your children not to do. When you’re a highly regarded person, people will more than likely show you respect.
- Follow the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We all want to be respected. Treating others as you want to be treated will greatly improve your chances of getting respect back. If someone treats you wrongfully, reciprocate with grace and kindness. Be mature; take the high road.
- Start weeding. Some people just can’t seem to get it or change their ways, no matter how much respect you show them. Weed these toxic people out of your life. You are your very first priority. If you allow yourself to be treated unfairly by others, you’re broadcasting that it’s okay to treat you with disrespect.
- Conduct yourself with class. A calm conversation often serves you better than lashing out in anger. Always speak positively about your friends. You’ll be admired as someone who refuses to gossip and win the trust of others. Make it a point to be aware of your actions and reactions and think before you speak. When you do, you’re indirectly being shown the respect that you want.
Use these mannerisms to give and receive more respect in your life. Remember, the easiest way to get respect from everyone around you is to give respect to them. Hold yourself and your actions to a high standard, and others will inherently be aware of the good person that you truly are and give you the respect you want.