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SYDNEY GOODALL Jon Jee Staff Published: January 11, 2018 7:00 AM

Respect is a 7 letter word we often take for granted. Whether it’s respect for an adult or respect for a friend, everyone wants to be respected. Respect is defined as a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.


We all have a hope in life that we will make something of ourselves and earn the admiration of others. Respect is not something that has to be earned. Adults do not need to earn respect, it should be an automatic response. Everyone should have respect for those in a position of authority.


Respect of people's rights is another form that does not have to be earned. By law, we are required to respect the rights of other citizens. However, using your rights to attack another person is unjustifiable.

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Causing someone to feel less then or worthless because you lack respect for them is not a healthy attitude. You must have enough respect for yourself to not let your feelings for other people affect how you treat them.


Respecting another person should be an natural reaction, and when it’s not, that is when we need to take a look at our view of others. Healthy outlooks on life can alter the way we feel about ourselves as well. Having healthy respectful relationships changes the way we view situations too.


Respecting yourself is huge. Having the courage to walk away from unhealthy relationships and standing up for yourself are a big part of respecting yourself. The more you respect yourself the more you love yourself and feel positive in situations.


Learning respect and remembering to respect yourself will alter your life. Something we could all use a little encouragement in.

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