You have no need to look down at others and feel "better" than them. You have no need to think certain people don't deserve to be treated the way you'd like to be treated. You have no need to EVER disrespect anyone - even if they're disrespecting you. It's the same as, "Never argue with an idiot because anyone watching won't be able to tell the difference." Be the bigger and smarter person. Never stoop down to anyone's level and become socially-irresponsible and immature. Disrespect conveys ignorance, weakness, selfishness, arrogance, and lack of tact and self-control. You don't get respect if you're not giving it. In the show Game of Thrones, Joffrey Baratheon, the tyrannical and psychotic boy king, is in a council meeting with his mother Cerci, his uncle Tyrion, and his grandfather Tywin and he's not getting his way. So, as a desperate reach for respect, he angrily shouts, "I am the king!" and his grandfather, Tywin, just remains completely calm, stares at him in a disappointed fashion, and says, "Any man who says, I am the king' is no true king" in an attempt to teach his ignorant and bratty grandson that if he wants respect, he has to earn it by, first, giving it to others. <a href=''>That</a> respect isn't taken by force. <a href=''>Respecting</a> others is recognizing importance, value, differences, perspectives, boundaries, decisions, and privacy and not stepping over any invisible, yet real, lines. <a href=''>Treating</a> others with respect shows good character and is just as important as respecting yourself. <a href=''>If</a> you don't respect yourself, you're less likely to respect others. <a href=''>Work</a> on having the utmost respect for yourself and you'll notice that you'll, naturally, be more respectful to everyone around you. <a href=''>Three</a> vectors, three strikes, against people who are just like us, even if they are painted birds. <a href=''>What</a> might engender trust so that people with substance use problems can receive their fair share and be able to recover and serve in responsible roles, to be more included in our families and communities? <a href=''>There</a> are ways. <a href=''>Tony</a> Blair, the UK prime minister from 1997 to 2007, established early in his administration a Social Exclusion Unit to implement policies to create opportunities for all to fully participate in the social and economic life of his country. <a href=''>This</a> included people in poverty as well as others who, by no choice of their own, had little chance to live lives with community and contribution. <a href=''>This</a> included people with mental and addictive disorders. <br /><br /><a href=''>His</a> work has been adopted by other countries and has influenced the thinking of leaders throughout the globe. <a href=''>In</a> the United States, a number of efforts are being made against stigma. <a href=''>One</a> is Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M), an organization founded by Glenn Close, the remarkable film, television, and stage actor, and her sister, Jessie Close, who has suffered from bipolar disorder since she was a teenager. <a href=''>BC2M</a> seeks "to end the stigma and prejudice surrounding mental illness." Their efforts seek to use scientific research to alter patterns of discrimination and injustice. <a href=''>One</a> such way is to improve "literacy" about behavioral conditions, including substance use disorders, and encourage people to talk openly about them. <a href=''>BC2M</a> also serves as a portal to other mental health organizations that can provide additional education and treatment services. <a href=''>Too</a> many people do not understand mental conditions, their causes and consequences, or where to turn for treatment. <a href=''>BC2M</a> seeks to change that. <a href=''>Habitual</a> procrastination led me into habitual worrying, and that led me towards having a negative outlook upon life. <a href=''>Oddly</a> enough, my negative outlook served as a protective measure of sorts, saving my feelings from disappointment and discouragement, because no matter what the outcome might be, I had never expected a positive outcome in the first place. <a href=''>You</a> may be anxious to end your procrastinating ways, but please remember to go easy on yourself. <a href=''>It's</a> of crucial importance to know that change comes gradually, and to remember that procrastination's enemy is patience. <a href=''>To</a> attempt one swift try at changing what has likely been nearly a lifelong habit will almost certainly have very poor results, along with a good deal of negative self-talk along the lines of "I knew I couldn't do it!" Changing one's behavior involves a process: one of learning, trying, relearning, and retrying. <a href=''>Take</a> my advice: "slow down and start enjoying the scenery." Aim for a long-lasting difference in your life. <a href=''>When</a> a habitual procrastinator faces a task, he often looks at it as though he was starting a journey across a vast expanse without the aid of a map. <a href=''>Like</a> someone who only knows their starting point (his undone task) and final destination (completion of his task), he may feel overwhelmed because while he has an idea of what he wants to accomplish, he doesn't know which route to take. <a href=''>Faced</a> with a formidable challenge, he may search for a starting point, but he finds that all he's capable of telling himself is, "C'mon, do it! <a href=''>Let's</a> go! <a href=''>Try!"</a> This is a good strategy if you're sitting in the bleachers at a sporting event and you're cheering your team on--but when you direct that same energy toward yourself and don't take action, that energy does nothing except to build up upon itself. <a href=''>Eventually,</a> it returns to you in feelings of frustration, resentment, and shame. <br /><br /><a href=''>Feeling</a> lost in a sea of emotions, the procrastinator stops all action: "Why try? <a href=''>I</a> just can't do it!" If someone goes through this often enough, he may wind up doing only those tasks that require the least amount of effort, or things that can be completed in only one attempt. <a href=''>This</a> helps explain why many habitual procrastinators find themselves puzzled when tasks that formerly took a reasonable amount of time and energy to complete, like paying bills or balancing the checkbook, are now emotionally draining. <a href=''>The</a> reason for this is, as the habit of procrastination becomes stronger, the habitual procrastinator's self-confidence grows weaker. <a href=''>Left</a> unchecked, this can grow to the extent where, if a task can't be completed in one attempt, the procrastinator then feels that there's no point in even trying. <a href=''>Despite</a> numerous studies looking at the biology of depression, the question of whether depression is caused by heredity or the environment continues to be controversial. <a href=''>Still,</a> research with identical twins and adoptees, as well as family studies of people with depression, does suggest that the risk of depression is higher for those with a close relative who suffers from depression. <a href=''>For</a> example, having an identical twin with depression places people at a much higher risk of developing depression themselves than they would with a depressed fraternal twin (due to greater genetic similarity). <a href=''>To</a> rule out the possible effects of family upbringing, some researchers have also looked at identical twins who were separated as infants and raised in separate families, though, so far, the sample sizes have tended to be too small to make for any conclusive results. <a href=''>Even</a> having a close family member with depression (such as a parent or sibling) may mean a greater chance of developing similar symptoms over time. <a href=''>One</a> classic study looking at psychiatric patients diagnosed with different types of depression found that 22.9 percent of the mothers of these patients and 13.6 percent of the fathers had mood disorders as well. <a href=''>As</a> for their siblings, the risk of them also having depression was substantially higher when one or both of their parents also had symptoms. <a href=''>Many</a> of the research studies looking at genetic factors in bipolar and unipolar depression have focused on the heritability estimate of these different conditions. <a href=''>Heritability</a> is defined as the proportion of total variation between individuals that can be accounted for by genetic differences alone--in other words, the extent to which a trait is caused by genetic rather than environmental factors. <a href=''>Even</a> though heritability estimates have varied widely across different research studies, one 2006 overview of twin research places the heritability of depression at around 38 percent (suggesting a moderately strong genetic component). <a href=''>Despite</a> the extensive research done on the heritability of depression in humans, no specific genetic markers for depression have been clearly identified. <a href=''>Given</a> the difficulty of doing this kind of research in humans, most studies to date have used laboratory animals specially bred to mimic different symptoms of depression. <a href=''>These</a> symptoms can include reduced appetite, anxious behavior, vulnerability to learned helplessness, and an inability to feel pleasure. <a href=''>There</a> are also laboratory procedures used to simulate depression in laboratory animals and to measure the effectiveness of new antidepressant medications. <a href=''>We</a> all benefit from relationships across generational divides. <br /><br /><a href=''>Consider</a> who might make good bonus grandparents or just a senior buddy for you. <a href=''>Louise</a> now works as a freelance journalist, and we spoke on the phone. <a href=''>When</a> I learned their story, I had as many questions for her as she did for me. <a href=''>When</a> she spoke to me about their new life in Italy, I could tell she was smiling. <a href=''>They</a> now live in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, by the Arno River, a city that is home to around four hundred thousand people. <a href=''>It's</a> quite the contrast to New York. <a href=''>The</a> pace of life, the sounds, the smells, the colours - all are completely different. <a href=''>Buy</a> tomatoes at the San Lorenzo market and you will see shades of red you never knew existed. <a href=''>Louise</a> and Tom brought their five-month-old daughter with them when they moved, and they soon discovered that the attitude to how you raise children is different in Italy, too. <a href=''>Their</a> daughter's feet are tickled by strangers, and they will also tell the parents that 8 p.m. <a href=''>is</a> way too early to put a toddler to bed. <a href=''>But</a> it was also having their daughter that made them look for positions overseas. <a href=''>We left the US to go to Italy mainly because of the insane childcare prices back home. Here, we can get it at a fraction of the price - and we are in Italy ...' Not everything is like a Hollywood movie, though. `We miss our friends and family back home, of course, but we are happy we came. We have more time to be a family here.' Speaking to Louise made me understand that the tired are increasingly seeking somewhere else to breathe free. However, leaving the country you live in may be a little too drastic for most. For some, changing boss might be an easier switch. Around five years ago, I told my dad that I was quitting my job. I had a well-paid secure job as international director for a think tank which focused on sustainability.

Keeping your word is a huge part of social responsibility. It's meaning what you say and only saying what you mean. It's keeping your promises. It's selfless. It's being honorable. It's being respectful. It's being trustworthy. It's being dependable. It's investing value in yourself and your relationships. Not keeping your word does a lot of damage to your reputation and communicates your lack of self-discipline, self-control, and personal power. It communicates how much you value relationships and other's time. You can't expect anyone to keep their word to you if you don't keep your word to them. Every time you go back on your word or fail to keep it, you hurt your reputation, devalue yourself, and lose trust and dependability. You damage valuable relationships. You burn bridges. It's like the boy who cried wolf. He cried wolf, everyone came running, and he laughed at all of them because he played a joke on them. He did it again, they came running, and he laughed at them again. When an actual wolf came around, he cried wolf, no one came, and the wolf killed him. Break your word once, it's accepted as coincidence.