Respect, it’s grabbing a lot of attention lately, and deservedly so.
New research shows respect, not money, buys happiness.
This new research by psychological scientist Cameron Anderson and his colleagues at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, looked into the relationship between different types of status and well-being. Their findings indicate overall happiness is associated with how much you are respected and regarded by others, not your monetary status. Apparently, cash is not always king.
Paul Meshanko in The Respect Effect: Leveraging Culture, Emotions and Neuroscience to Build a Better Business, explores the transformational power of respect in the workplace.
Meshanko reveals that when employees are treated with respect, the results are better health and well-being for the organization as well as the individual. When companies treat employees disrespectfully, the incivility can cost them dearly. Litigation, sagging productivity, insufficient employee engagement, and distrust in company leaders can be the result. Evidently, when respect is missing, everyone loses.
In Effects of Respect TJ Davis reveals the importance of Elder care facilities, from nursing homes to assisted living residences, improving the respect shown their clients.
Davis’ story on Elder care facilities reveals that despite enforced guidelines for the physical care and treatment of elders in facilities, “many elder care workers may not be providing the level of respect they think they are <giving>.”
“Treating the resident with the respect he or she deserves and encouraging independent activity can make a huge difference in the recovery time for individuals recuperating from injury or surgery.”
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to respect that impacts well-being.
Respect from others is unmistakably tied to the amount of self-respect we acknowledge for ourselves. Self-respect also plays an important role in well-being.
Self-respect could be seen as being grateful and comfortable with our life and identity. It influences our desires, values, emotions, and actions. I have found that when individuals express a greater sense of spiritual contentment they also have a greater sense of self-respect, and this helps maintain their mental and physical health. Those with a healthy sense of self-respect are less tortured by blame, guilt, regret, and stress. Reducing these emotions can help prevent health problems.
Ok, what is the secret to gaining self-respect? I believe, the secret is realizing that it may seem to be dormant, but it has always been accessible because it is Spirit-based.
Respect could be thought of as a divine scent found in the fabric of your conscious being. It remains strong while you remain close to Spirit. The fragrance, with each compassionate word or act of kindness, reminds us that Spirit is ever-present although unseen.
In my healing practice, I have found that when I sincerely respect others, it helps them experience health improvements, both emotionally and physically.
What do I mean by respecting others?
Good friends look past one another’s occasional flippant or hurtful comments, knowing that the comments don’t really reflect how they feel about each other. In the same manner, I respect another as I recognize the value of his or her spiritual nature. Since health is ultimately thought governed, my affirmation of the individual’s divine worth erases the fears and materialistic beliefs that hide health and confidence.
The healing benefits and improvements caused by the transformational power of respect have proven to me the necessity for spirituality in regard to humanity's health care.
Whether it is happiness you’re looking for, a work environment needing help, or your own or another’s physical health needing assistance, apparently, respect is required. It can be an important ingredient to your well-being.
– Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: http://texashealthblog.com/