Gaining respect is as much about giving as it is receiving. You always hear as you are growing up: you should respect your elders, they are older than you, and therefore they deserve respect. However, it should not end there, not by any means.
Respect your parents: your teachers, your colleagues, your friends, your family, those younger than you, those less fortunate than you; and show it.
Showing respect to your fellow beings says a lot about you as a person. It implies one is mature, has good character and a positive attitude.
When a person shows respect to another, they not only gain respect in return, but they are also able to communicate and build better relationships with others, making their lives more pleasant and enjoyable overall.