Respect is a noble sentiment wherein one feels an intense admiration to someone who possesses abilities and qualities that are worth mentioning. Respect is always earned and not given. Hence inculcating virtues such as honesty, integrity, humility, trustworthiness will go a long way in developing self-esteem. Respecting others begins with self-respect.
Giving others the space to express themselves without being judgmental is one way of showing respect. Listening intently to others’ point of view even though you may disagree with their opinion is another way of showing respect. Every human being deserves respect irrespective of whether he has achieved anything or not. However, the level of respect may vary depending on the qualities that a person possesses and the achievements he has accomplished.
Children need to be taught respect and the best way to teach them respect is to respect them. Situations that go out of hand should be handled in a calm way avoiding shouting spells and insults. Setting the boundaries on what is right and what is wrong is essential in improving one’s self-esteem. Being polite, kind and grateful to others shows that we are respectful. Disrespect in any relationship leads to conflicts and unhappiness. It has the potential to destroy the very fabric of family. Respecting others and being respected improves our mental health and well-being.