There are 2 ways to happiness.
One is to accept current situation.
Second, is to pursuit what u want.
My observation is there are many seemingly poor or "unfortunate" people who are happy, because they accept their bad set of cards. There are many energetic people with a goal in their life and passionate about their life.
Respect, what do you respect? I didn't ask who.
1) Character- e.g. Resilence, wit etc
3) Power - Position of authority, etc
I will be honest, I respect all three to varying degree. I don't just respect character. Neither are they mutually exclusive.
Are u happy when people show u respect. I know I do. But while I am not rich nor powerful, I am also not poor or without any "position", so I use this as a reminder not to get it in my head. I know sooner or later, my "position" will be gone, I might be richer or poorer.
But I know if I don't respect myself, I won't be happy.
I can respect my achievement, the wealth I accumulate and my character. As I say, I respect all three to varying degree. But I know the three are not equal.
If I don't have wealth, position, or character I can accept or pursuit/ develop.
2 sad situations.
1) You cannot accept but also don't pursuit. You play victim.
2) You pursuit and pursuit and realise the respect you gotten is not the highest yield of happiness