3 Ways to Be Respectful

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3 Ways to Be Respectful
3 Ways to Be Respectful

When you want to be respectful, it's important to try to put yourself in the other's shoes and behave in a way that shows you care. The basic principle of respect is to value the point of view, time and space of others.


Method 1 of 3: Demonstrating Basic Respect

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Step 1. Show kindness and courtesy

To be respectful, you need to take others' feelings into account. Think about how you would like to be treated in a given situation and strive to treat others in the same way. Strangers, co-workers, friends and family must always be treated with respect and courtesy.

Offer water, food, or something else whenever you come across a need that you could meet

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Step 2. Be polite

Having etiquette or manners may seem useless in childhood, but in adult life we ​​find that such customs help keep society functioning properly. Having good manners is a way of respecting the space and time of others. If no one cared about education, simple, everyday situations like eating in a restaurant or waiting in line at a movie would be completely unbearable. Some ways to be more polite:

  • Do not speak on your cell phone in stores, restaurants or public spaces where you could cause a nuisance.
  • Do not jump in lines, except in emergency cases, such as when going to a hospital.
  • Do not cut other cars in traffic.
  • Always say please and thank you!
  • Follow established rules to make life more enjoyable for everyone, such as limiting the use of public computers so everyone can use them.
  • Do not eat or drink in places with rules against food consumption.
  • Stop talking when the theater lights go out.
  • Throw away or recycle your trash instead of leaving it to someone else.
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Step 3. Don't discriminate against others

It is very important to respect everyone, including those whose status is perceived as "inferior" to yours. Many people only respect those they would like to make a good impression on, being rude to others. As the saying goes: "It is possible to judge the character of others by the way they treat those who cannot give anything in return."

  • That is, you should be kind to people who are not so "nice".
  • Be polite to the people you meet on a daily basis, especially those who are not always treated with respect. For example, homeless people are often ignored or treated rudely, but they deserve the same respect and courtesy as everyone else.
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Step 4. Learn to respect differences, even if you don't understand them

We're all different, and that's what makes life interesting. Also, chances are you have more in common with people than you think. Even if you don't understand the other's point of view, be civil and courteous; you don't have to love or agree with everyone, but respect is essential.

  • Respect cultural differences.
  • Respect religious differences.
  • Respect political differences.
  • Respect people from rival teams.
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Step 5. Respect spaces shared with other people

Your home (if you live with more people), the school, the street and even public transport are environments that must be respected. You wouldn't like it if someone just blasted the places you spend your time in, right? Clean up your dirt and help keep the environment in good condition.

  • Do not leave packaging or other garbage lying around. Collect everything and throw it away, always cleaning up your mess.
  • Do not paint public places unless you are an artist and have permission.
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Step 6. Respect the planet

Being respectful is not just about people. It is important to demonstrate value to animals, plants and the planet itself. We all share the Earth and deserve respect and dignity, so treat all living creatures as worthy.

  • Do your part to avoid pollution.
  • Understand how your actions affect the rest of the world. For example, using pesticides in your backyard can end up contaminating underground sheets and negatively affect the environment. Make conscious choices.
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Step 7. Respect the possessions of others

If you take everything you find without asking permission, it is obvious that you will be considered an uneducated person. If you want to borrow something, ask; otherwise you can be charged with theft.

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Step 8. Respect the personal space of others

This is a sensitive issue, as personal space varies depending on the situation. Always try to make room for strangers, without starting a conversation unless the person seems willing to talk. Friends and family can usually be touched, but it's still good to get some form of consent first.

  • When offering a kiss or a hug, make telegraphed moves so that the person can refuse your advance for some personal reason.
  • Ask permission before making prolonged contact, such as fussing with the other person's hair or scratching their back.
  • Treat disabled equipment (such as wheelchairs and canes) and service animals as an extension of the person's body. No touching without permission.

Method 2 of 3: Establishing Respectful Communication

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Step 1. Listen when the other is speaking

During a conversation, be a good listener and show respect. When you look like a landscape or interrupt the other, you make it clear that you don't care what is being said. Actively listen and wait for the person to finish speaking before responding.

  • Make eye contact to show your respect for what is being said. Body language can also help a lot, so try turning your body towards the other to make it clear that you're paying attention. Avoid distractions.
  • Try to process what the other person is saying rather than just nodding your head.
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Step 2. Think before you speak

When it's your turn to speak, formulate a respectful response and consider what the person was saying. The idea is to convey your opinion without diminishing the other's opinion. Avoid insults and rude comments.

  • Don't be condescending. Don't explain too many concepts that the other person has probably already understood. For example, don't explain to an experienced athlete how to kick a ball into goal.
  • Don't be patronizing. Talking to another as if they were inferior is quite disrespectful. No "Don't bother your little head with that" or "You wouldn't understand, it's a grown-up thing."
  • Identify the things that shouldn't be said. If you don't know the other person well, you shouldn't ask any questions. For example, if you've just met a person who has a scar on their forehead, don't open the conversation by asking how the mark came about.
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Step 3. Be direct when you want something

People usually like to help themselves, but it's hard to do something when you don't know what. Talk about your physical and emotional needs so people don't wonder what's going on.

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Step 4. Agree to disagree

It is possible to respect someone's point of view even without agreeing with it. To do this, you must disagree with what the other says, but without diminishing the person's value. For example, when you disagree with someone's political views, you don't need to belittle or belittle the other.

  • Avoid insults and name-calling during an argument. "I don't agree with you" is quite different from "You're an asshole".
  • If necessary, stop the conversation before things get out of hand and you say something you'll regret. You will get nowhere by disrespecting each other!
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Step 5. Be patient and always assume the other person has good faith

Communication is often complicated and we have difficulty finding the right words for each conversation. Give it time, and when you don't understand what the other person has said, assume they are doing their best to be kind and understanding.

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Step 6. Avoid stereotypes

Do not enter a discussion by assuming the other person's opinion or history based on ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, or any other factor. We are all individuals with different social backgrounds. It is disrespectful to assume what the other thinks before getting to know you better as an individual.

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Step 7. Avoid gossip

This is a "soft" and widespread form of disrespect, but it is still a bad habit. When you gossip, you see people as "characters" that can be discussed, rather than individuals with feelings that can be hurt. Even the strangest and most annoying people should not be seen as existing just to entertain others.

  • When you don't have anything good to add, it's best not to say anything.
  • Stand up against such discussions, even if the person you are gossiping about has done something bad to you before. Remember that we reap what we sow and it is best to avoid bad habits. Everything we do affects us in the long run.
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Step 8. Apologize if you hurt someone

No matter how hard you try, it's quite possible that you'll end up doing someone wrong. Mistakes are not as important as our reactions after making them. If you realize you've done something wrong, talk to the person and apologize.

Don't use "but" to justify your actions. If you want to explain a behavior, use "because" in place of "but": "I'm sorry I grimaced when you said you were autistic because I was being prejudiced. Sorry if I hurt you, because I accept you as you are." The idea is to explain your action without making up lame excuses

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Step 9. Respect others, even if they don't do the same for you

As difficult as it may be, try to show patience and humility at all times. Maybe you end up teaching others? If the person is very rude or mean, defend yourself without lowering yourself to their level.

Method 3 of 3: Going Beyond Basics

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Step 1. Show respect for authorities

Some people deserve extra signs of respect for exercising a leadership position within society, such as the school principal, their boss, a religious leader, a politician, etc. Show respect by following society's mores, whether it's greeting a judge or referring to a councilor as "Sir."

  • Elderly people are also usually given an extra dose of respect. Treat your parents, grandparents, and other elders with due respect for the valuable wisdom they have to share.
  • In some cases, you must identify how much an authority figure doesn't deserve the extra respect. If someone has betrayed your trust and you feel you can no longer respect them, that is a personal choice you can make. By imposing yourself before an authority, you will be respecting yourself and also respecting those affected by the situation.
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Step 2. Don't abuse your power

If you are in a position of authority, respect those who trust you by being kind and courteous at all times. Don't expect to be treated with respect "just because". Be the kind of leader people will want to respect willingly, not out of fear or obligation.

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Step 3. Respect yourself

You are an important person who deserves to be treated well. Deal with yourself as you would a close friend. Whenever you think something negative or do something harmful, ask yourself if you would do the same with a friend. Be your best friend!

Being completely altruistic is cool, but it's unrealistic. Put your basic needs first. Food, sleep and mental health are very important! When these things are in order, then offer help to others

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Step 4. Practice empathy and compassion

To be able to respect others, you have to put yourself in their shoes and try to understand their point of view. It is possible to be courteous without caring too much about others, but true respect comes from empathy and a deep sense of mutual understanding. Try to identify the ties that bind us and the fact that we are sharing the same planet. By respecting each other, we get along and make the world a better place to live.


  • A good technique for respecting the other is to show empathy or identify with the person. By listening and responding intelligently and seriously, you will already make your respect clear. Everyone wants to be heard and considered.
  • Being respectful makes it clear that you care about others and yourself. If you don't respect yourself, no one will respect you, believe me!
  • When talking to someone, look the person in the eye. Maintain firm but friendly eye contact.

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