Gratitude Attracts Respect

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect towards others.” ~ Dalai Lama

gratitude attracts respect

I recall some of my early days as a child when my elders would say to us, one thing that can take you around the world even if you do not have money of your own to do so is, ‘good manners.’ A huge part of that [‘good manners’] was to make sure that no matter what, that we always say ‘thank you’ among the many other things.

It would seem back them that a lot of the things they would say to us did not make much sense because when they spoke, it was almost as if they were speaking a ‘parable.’

But now that I am fully grown and I have to face life without them, the things that they said to us as children is now making a lot of sense and do have moral implications in life.

When you practice saying thank you, you not only gain the respect of others, but there is a sense of respect that you yourself have towards others. There is a level of exuberance that flows which causes everyone around you to sparkle with a enthusiasm and gratitude for life.

Where there is gratitude and respect, there is community and people are happier with themselves and more content with what they have. There is love and laughter. It’s a bond that keeps a family together.

Successful people practice gratitude. Gratitude becomes the staple that they cannot live without. It may not be a drug, but it is worth the while to invest your time and energy in the habit of living a life of gratitude.

Gratitude attracts respect!Β The more you say thank you for what you already have, the more respect people have for you, and the more success lives at your doorsteps.

So live gratitude, live healthy by practicing it everyday and as Joyce Meyer once said, “There is no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.”


  • What other benefits can you name that comes from gratitude?
  • What are some of the ways that you express gratitude?
  • How do you develop an attitude of gratitude?
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26 Comments on Gratitude Attracts Respect

  1. adrianscrazylife // April 14, 2014 at 2:15 am //

    I think that’s a great concept. I am a huge stickler for manners with my kids, but I never thought to equate it with respect. I think it does show respect for people’s efforts to thank them – waitresses, or cleaning people, or even someone who holds a door for you, and I’ve always automatically done so, but I’ve never really given it much thought. Thoughtful post. #SITSSharefest

    • Hi Adrian, a warm welcome! I am glad that you mentioned waitresses and people whose job is to clean. Remembering to thank them for their effort is huge. It makes them feel appreciated and respected. Likewise they reciprocate and show you that respect as well. Thank you for stopping by – really appreciate it. Have a blessed day/week and I also take the opportunity to wished you a Happy Easter!

  2. Lovely post. I do believe that gratitude is one of the important things that bonds a family together. I hope that I am leaving a legacy of gratitude for my children. Being appreciative will take them far in love and life.

    • Hi Tammy I do believe that leaving a legacy for our children should be among our top is so good to know that you have already decided to make it happen for them. Great point! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. So true that successful people practice respect. I think gratitude opens doors of opportunity because people want to be around people that show gratitude which just like you said translates to respect.
    I try to keep a list of things I am grateful for in my journal but I am not always consistent. I am really trying to train my kids to make gratitude a lifestyle, they take too many things for granted right now and I hope to change that.

    • Kamici thanks for your valuable input. I think kids of today in general do take things for granted…on the other hand we understand how long we’ve had to wait and how hard we had to work before we got certain things so we are more appreciative and more grateful. Have a blessed day. Happy Palm Sunday! πŸ™‚

  4. I constantly show gratitude in everything I do. I also pay it forward by saying to myself “be a blessing” because I know through GRACE I am still here. We even keep a blessing jar in my household. Visiting from #sitssharefest.

  5. I maintain an attitude of gratitude because I know I am very blessed. My favorite mantra is “be a blessing”. Pay it forward and show grace towards the next person as grace has been shown to you. Visiting from #sitssharefest.

    • Hi Dietta it’s a blessing meeting you! I love the way you have linked gratitude and grace. It’s a special grace that we all need to make gratitude a lifestyle and sure enough as grace has been given to us, to extend it to others. You are indeed blessed and highly favored! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  6. So glad to meet you. Stopping in from SITS sharefest. Gratitude is like having all the money in the world and it is something to pass on to our children especially this day in age. I take pride when mine were little and someone would say to me “How do you get the to say please and thank you”. I would just say, “I taught it to them” in my “Don’t YOU” kind of attitude LOL.

    • A warm welcome to you! My pleasure meeting you as well and thank you for stopping by. You have made a very interesting point that gratitude is like having all the money in the world. Just amazing what having such simple manners to say “thank you” can do for us. I can relate to you as well when my girls were little how that was among one of the first things they were taught and how they have made it a part of their life.

      My heart is filled with joy as I now listen to my 18 mth old grand daughter who says it everytime – sometimes even before that which you are giving get directly into her little hands, they are stretched before you as she is saying, “THANK YOU.” .Wow, two simple words that turns things in your favor!

      God bless you and thanks for making the connection and for bringing more life and love to this forum! πŸ™‚

  7. This post is just wonderful! I was thinking a lot about character and respect this morning, and I am so glad that I stumbled on this post. There are so many people who are not very grateful. Often times it’s hard not to be offended when it involves something you do for them. It’s unfortunate, but those people will not go very far in life if they are constantly self-righteous instead of thankful. I think many people are not raised to be gracious to others through gratitude.
    My absolute favorite quote is by Elsie De Wolfe: “Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.”

    • Hi Erika, I am so happy that you decided to join the discussion and to express your thoughts on this subject. That quote is awesome! I concur with you that the people who choose to be self-righteous instead of grateful will not make it very far. It is a sad truth. On the other hand, let’s hope that one day they will be enlightened or rather awakened to the truth that it is good to give thanks in everything.
      Blessings and have a wonderful day/weekend. So glad we connected. πŸ™‚

  8. This post rings so very true not only does gratitude attract respect, it also takes the focus of what you lack and welcomes more abundance into your life. Gratitude also attracts others to you. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from #Sitssharefest

    • Great to have you Tiffany! Excellent thought when you said ‘it also takes the focus of what you lack and welcomes more abundance into your life.’ So very true! Too many times the desire to have more is obscured by what we already have. But making gratitude a way of life will definitely attract others. Love and blessings. Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. So very true. There is something that attracts us to people who live gratefully. There is a joy and contentment in them which is contagious. So glad to have stopped here from The SITS. Have a great Saturday!

    • Great point Joanne. The word contagious is key as it relates to this topic – the world will be a far better place to live in. Thank you so much for stopping by! Glad we’ve connected. Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  10. This just gave me some really great perspective. ALWAYS say thank you! Not just to people but to things, experiences, and yourself. It’s hard to be grateful when things seem less positive but I know that is when I need it the most. I think if I just look at the “always say thank you” perspective, it will make it easier. It will also help me practice gratitude daily and more consistently. Goooood post!

    • Tara I am so glad you mentioned experiences and yourself in what we should say thank you to. For one, our experiences will not always be positive, so when they are less than what we expected, we should still say thank you because in doing so, they become a lot easier and far less ‘painful or difficult’ for us to go through. And YES to yourself, because you deserve it – for the times you have gone above and beyond the call, for the many sacrifices that you have made, for the difference you are making in the lives of others….I could go on and on but above all, thank you for being you!! Love and blessings and have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  11. “Gratitude attracts respect! The more you say thank you for what you already have, the more respect people have for you, and the more success lives at your doorsteps.”

    Being grateful can go a long way. ❀ There are a lot of people and things in this world that I am grateful for. And I think that's what makes life beautiful in my perspective.

    Thank you for this one! ❀

    • That’s great Kristine! I am feeling your positive energy and that spirit of gratitude which makes our lives all the more beautiful. Love it! πŸ™‚ Thanks for your contribution thus bringing more value to this discussion. Have a great day!

  12. Kalley C // April 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm //

    How very true! When my grandparents (mainly my grandfather) used to speak, it seemed like it was a parable. Only now that I’m older does it all make sense to me!

    Gratitude and being able to say thankful is something that I’m installing in my children. It is a reminder that:

    – any kind act done towards us is a gift really, and we shouldn’t expect it.
    – saying thank you is not only polite but acknowledging that what was done towards / for you was pleasing and helpful.

    I’ve heard much about the generation after me who does not like to say please and thank you, it’s sad really, but one would hope that through example they will understand how important these simple words are.

    • Kalley it is so good when we can speak of all the wonderful experiences we had as children..makes it seem like just yesterday. wow! It is even a greater thing to know that is how you are raising your children. One day, they will rise up and bless you and thank you for all that you are doing for them. Keep that spirit of gratitude and thankfulness going so it is passed on to the next generation/s to come. Have a wonderful day!

  13. Minister Yvonne your post is very timely. This modern generation tends to believe that gratefulness is of the past. They believe that “thank you and please” are all of the past. Thank you for reminding this generation that gratefulness is still in style and it brings with it respect. I pray that we, the older generation, continue to live by example so that the younger ones will follow our footsteps. Great post!.

    • I believe no matter how old a person is, it is still our responsibility to remind others about this very basic principle of saying thank you. Great addition to the discussion. Blessings as always!

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