There is so much diversity in this world we live in. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. People have different looks and styles. There are different beliefs and philosophies. There are different backgrounds and upbringings. Everyone has their own unique personality.
With all of these differences between people, it is so important to keep an open mind and have an appreciation of every persons' contributions to our world. When we do this, we strengthen our relationships.
Sometimes we may take for granted those who are the closest to us. We may treat acquaintances with more respect than those that we live with or see on a daily basis.
Remember these 4 tips when showing respect.
Listen - Everyone loves to feel like they are heard and you have a genuine interest in what they have to say. Truly listening means you eliminate your distractions (no TV, no cell phone, no computer) and make eye contact. Give feedback. Truly have a conversation.
Encourage - Everyone has a bad day. Being there with a little bit of support and encouragement is a powerful gesture.
Say Thank You
- A simple "thank you" speaks volumes. When you say thank you, the other person feels their efforts, no matter how small or big, are appreciated.
Be Sincere - None of the above would be effective if you aren't sincere. Truly mean what you are saying. Your tone of voice and body language says a lot as to whether you are sincere with your words or not.
With our busy and sometimes stressful lives, we may not always take advantage of opportunities to thank and show our appreciation to others. It's worth taking the time to express your gratitude. Not only do you make a difference for someone else, a wonderful thing happens, you feel better and have even more respect for yourself.
One of our 3Rs is "Respect." How do you live and teach the 3Rs in your Region? Be sure to drop us an
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