posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Thursday, July 28, 2011

As a dentist, I have all types of people sit in my chair for dental care.  It is always amazing to me the differences in respect that various individual show.

Persons who have served in the military or often those from the South will answer “yes ma’am” or “yes sir.”  I compare this to usually younger people who simply moan “ya.”

Respect is one of those virtues in which the more you give it others the more it is shown to you.  Some simple suggestions about how to show respect:

  1. Use “Yes sir,” “Yes ma’am,” “Yes reverend,” “Yes your honor,” “Yes admiral,” “yes senator,” etc.
  2. Face the other person and make eye contact (in certain cultures eye contact is not respectful – respect those cultures).
  3. Be sure your facial expressions and body language are friendly and open.
  4. Smile (see your dentist if you cannot do this proudly).
  5. Sit or stand straight and not too far from or too near the person you are addressing.
  6. Let the other person talk and express their ideas, concerns, feelings, and perspectives, and listen without interruption.
  7. Speak slowly, firmly, clearly, and calmly, without losing your temper.
  8. Be nice.

Like anything else, “repetition is the mother of skill.”  Practice showing respect and you’ll see quickly how respect is returned.

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit “Respect” has been around for a long time.  Respect, if you can train yourself to show this virtue, which comes truly from your soul, will be returned to you and also around you for a long time.

There are basically 4 forms of respect, which all of us can work on in one form or another.  They are:

  • Respect for self
  • Respect for others
  • Respect for all forms of life and the environment in which we all live
  • Respect for truth, laws, and the principles set forth by our society

Practice all forms of respect on a daily basis in your home.  More importantly, help others to learn and show respect.

Smiling with respect,
Dr. James G. Hood


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