Respect. A noun and verb meaning “a deep admiration for someone generated by their qualities, abilities, or achievements.” It also means “having due regard for someone else’s feelings, wishes or rights.” That’s the dictionary meaning. But what are the best ways to show respect to your partner and maintain respect in your relationship? Here are some ideas. As you read through each one, ask yourself if you show respect in this way, and if your lover also shows respect for you in the same way.
1. Be Mindful of What You Say
Swearing at your partner, even in the heat of the moment, leaves a bad taste. Calling your partner names is even worse. If you can’t argue without being reduced to swear words and name calling, there may be something very wrong with you or with your relationship. Focus on the thing that is in dispute, rather than the other. Avoid saying “You always” and “You never”. Avoid bringing up unrelated resentments from the past. Stick to the topic at hand, and argue with good manners.