MLK MonumentThe Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebrates the legacy and accomplishments of a man who had a vision for uniting people in America. Dr. King fought for racial justice and equality and lead movements that enabled reform. In honor of this holiday here are a list of ways to remember Dr. King and keep his memory alive.

Be Respectful: The foundation of being respectful is having basic consideration for others feelings. As cliché as it may sound, treat others the way you want to be treated. People will have different opinions, views, religion, etc. from you; it is important that you respect their feelings even if you do not agree with their stance.

Combat Rudeness: All of us come into contact with rude people on a daily basis. The best way to combat rudeness is to not take it personally and to shake it off. Maybe the person is having a bad day and is simple struggling. Recognize that combating rudeness with more rudeness is never the answer. Try being polite or laughing it off. Who knows, maybe you will even help the person to lighten up a little bit.

Listening: As rudimentary as it may sound, being a good listener is an important part of life. When you take the chance to listen more than you speak, you open the possibility of learning something new.

Gratitude: Showing gratitude not only brings about happiness to you but also to others. It is the right thing to do. People are so consumed in their own lives that they forget to take a second to show gratitude. Remember that something as small as saying “thank you” is a great way to show your gratitude to others.

Forgiveness: Martin Luther King Jr., preached forgiveness and peace. Forgiveness is important in helping us grow. When we hang on to anger and resentment that affects our body as well as our mind. Although it may be hard to do, try to forgive someone, whether it be for an unkind word, cutting in line or not letting you merge into another lane. Practicing this valuable skill is the beginning of your personal peace and growth.

Empathy: One of the most important skills that you can practice is empathy. Not only is this skill important for your personal life but it will also help you professionally. Being empathetic teaches you how to learn about people and creates a deeper understanding of others.

Keep these tips in mind not just on MLK Day, but everyday.

To learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King visit: http://www.thekingcenter.org/about-dr-king