Respect is the most important building block of any relationship. It is what most people cherish in life and you can call it the lubricant of any relationship. Hardly would anyone tolerate a relationship without respect. Abuse also prevails mostly in relationships where there is no respect. Lack of respect also has been prevalent mostly among the causes of divorce. So respect is a very important behavior of any relationship. You have to give respect in order to get it, and it is something everyone deserves. People who respect each other trust and support each other and value each other’s independence.
Most relationships often get into the trouble of lack of respect the minute the parties involved get used to themselves. Respect is a way of treating or thinking about something or someone. If you respect your partner, you admire him and treat him well. People respect others who are impressive for any reason, such as being in authority, being older, smarter or someone with just an edge.
Earning respect begins with preparing yourself to earn it. People don’t just earn respect. To prepare yourself to earn respect, first you must learn to give it to others deserving it. It’s popularly noted that ‘respect is reciprocal’, but people seem not to understand its meaning. Respect is only possible as a reciprocation, a reward, a response or a payback. It must be given before it can be obtained.
Another way to earn respect is to have principles in life and core values you take very seriously. When you maintain such good principles, habits, and you have great self-control or restraint, you will earn respect. To earn the respect of others, to make a name for yourself, certain practices must be in place as you are involved in that relationship. First, learning to practice integrity is a good start, humility, independent, having great priorities, great sense of judgment, sound mind, generous, and having a good spiritual life is a very sure way of earning respect.
Avoid vices, all forms of violence, corruption, give your partner what he deserves, and they’ll appreciate it. Go out of your way. You don’t have to always do the bare minimum. If you want to show someone that they’re valuable and that you respect them, go the extra mile without expecting a reward.
Showing other people respect is a critical part of maintaining important personal relationships. Learning to respect people’s efforts, abilities, opinions, and quirks will help keep you happy and successful in your interpersonal life. Respecting yourself can help you move forward with the confidence to make a habit of respect and share it with the people around you.
To show others respect, have a great sense of gratitude, appreciating every effort you notice made by others. People can stop loving you when you are appreciative. Being sincere to people can be another great quality when showing them respect. Listen harder. Proactive listening should be your first social skill. If we love to be listened to, then we should be able to listen to others because communication is one of the greatest skill in building a healthy relationship.
Ask questions where necessary and also understand that no one sees the world from your own point of view. Having respect for people’s perspective even if it’s wrong is a step further into the subject and when disagreeing, do it respectfully.
To show respect for yourself, try to give yourself the same consideration that you give everyone else. Don’t short-change your own ideas and wants at the expense of others. You’re worth it. Learn also to take good care of yourself, appear more smart, intelligent and conspicuous. Learn also to live a sociable life, avoiding any habit that’s dangerous or wrong. Don’t engage in unhealthy acts or lifestyle, be courageous, ambitious and principled.