"What is respect" is a big concept to grasp. You might hear about having respect or showing respect. At the heart of respect is caring. Respect is caring how words and actions may impact others. Respect has two parts: 1) having respect for someone because of how their actions impact others and 2) showing respect by changing your actions to be sure you don't have a negative impact.
Having respect means you feel positively toward a person because of how they affect others. For example, you may have respect for
You can have respect for others, and you can have respect for yourself. Self-respect means you feel good about who you are, the types of choices you make, and the impact you have on others.
Showing respect to someone means you act in a way that shows you care about others' feelings and well-being. Showing respect for others include things like
To understand why respect is important, think about what life would be like if we don't treat each other with respect. Since respect is about caring whether our words and actions have a hurtful affect on other people, in a world without respect, no one would care whether they were hurting other people. They might do things that are dangerous or mean and not care if other people were harmed.
All of us in society need to treat each other with respect if we want to feel safe and live peacefully together. Respect is important because it means we treat others the way we want to be treated. So if we don't treat others kindly, how can we expect them to be kind in return?