Respect is one of the most important human values and it is essential for respect to be present in any human interaction. Respect is in fact, considered to be an integral aspect in any form of social contact, and without respect, it would be rather vain to communicate with someone because you are constantly letting yourself being undermined, underestimated, or disrespected. It would certainly interfere with your own self-esteem, self-growth, and mental health. At the same time, you have to be mindful of whether you are showing the person(s) on the other the due amount of respect that they deserve.
How to show respect to someone? This is a question that is valid, and many have this question, simply because they are not sure enough how to convey their regards or respect to the person or people they are interacting with.
What does respect actually look like? How do you actually know when someone is respecting you and when someone isn’t? How do you show respect to someone?
Below mentioned are a few ways in which you can show respect to other people that they rightfully deserve.
1. Listen to them
One of the most basic ways to show respect and love to someone is to listen to them – this is one of the simplest ways you can convey to the other person how you truly feel about them. Everyone wants to be heard by someone, they want to be listened to. They feel people should hear what they have to say on certain matters which might either be of grave importance or an insignificant issue altogether. They might not always have something profound or entertaining to say, but something quite ordinary – they do feel it’s worth a listen. The first step to being respectful to someone is to LISTEN.
2. Acknowledge them
Affirmation is important, validation is important – more so when it comes from our near and dear ones. Affirming someone is a guarantee that you respect them. Watch the other person and compliment them on any of the positive qualities that they possess – even if you don’t know them well enough, your perception and your insight of them will give you a certain idea about their qualities and the things that they are passionate about. You can validate them on the same. Compliment them whenever they show enthusiasm or take action on anything significant – this will do two things – one, they will feel acknowledged for the efforts that they have put in, and second, they will become more confident of their own abilities and know that somebody has recognized them.
3. Be kind to them
Treating someone with kindness can go a long way, and the lack of polite discourse and interaction we witness in the modern world is truly appalling and horrific in present times. It’s important that we are giving of ourselves and be of service when someone needs us – it can help them in ways we never, ever imagined. When someone had been kind to us in the past – it was truly a relief – and we must do the same for them when they need us. Kindness is one of the major ways in which we can show respect to someone.
4. Help them whenever you can
Our life truly becomes meaningful when we are able to serve others as per our capacity when we are able to be there for them and serve them as much as we can. As a matter of fact, our jobs, our lifestyles, our talents, and our abilities should all be directed towards building something, towards being constructive and being of help towards others.
5. Be courteous towards them
The lack of basic manners like being courteous and polite towards each other has been continually having a hideous impact on the modern world in the present times. The irony is that being polite towards anyone would not cost us anything, and yet we refuse to be polite towards people in order to satisfy our own fragile egos. The simple act of being polite can make someone’s day, it can change someone’s life by having a much-needed positive impact on them.
6. Be thankful to have them
Having someone in your life you care about, and truly appreciate, is a great feeling and it is important that you acknowledge their presence by thanking them. Show your appreciation in the form of small thank you note, tiny sticky notes and messages, or even gifts for special occasions, once in a while. Appreciate when they do something for you because it is after all beneficial for you. Being thankful to someone means you are being respectful to them.
We know that respect is an integral part of our day-to-day communication. It is an essential part of life that we cannot live without and it is important that we remain consistent with the respect we show to others. So, if you want to be respected by others, show your respect to others first and you will find it reciprocated towards yourself.