For me though, I find that I am kind and respectful even when others aren’t towards me. I don’t do think because I’m trying to, rather, because it’s natural for me to do so. I’m not as angry, stressed, etc. I also think it’s the moral or right thing to do most of the time. Again, there is a limit. I think everyone can be kind & respectful to those who are the same way towards them. The real test is being kind & respectful when someone else is not.
It will be healthier in nearly all metrics of health in my opinion.
Also, you never really know what someone is going through, what their life is like, or why they are rude to you that day.
This is coming from an Infantryman, who LOVES to compete and fight in combat sports.
Having been a sheriffs deputy, I learned a lot about the human struggle. Detaching the bad action from the person gave me a new perspective. People aren’t just rude and disrespectful for no reason. They’re usually broken inside. In the case of being in uniform, people take out aggression because they’re being forced to pay the consequence of their mistakes. If I’m arresting an ex con with drugs and this guy has a kid, and he knows he’s going back to prison… of course he’s going to yell at me and say nasty shit. It’s not a reflection of who I am at all. Rude people can easily be diffused with kindness and respect. Offer a little bit of empathy, and they’ll most likely react positively. If not, just ignore them. In one ear and out the other. Easier said than done though, especially if they spit on you lol.