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    10,000 Thank You's

    Posted by Colleen Fletcher on

    10,000 Thank You's

     UPDATED AUGUST 2021*

    I have always loved the phrase “thank you.”


    I always feel that it is appropriate and appreciated to say “thank you” to others.  To thank them for help, kindness, or just being them.  It makes me feel good in showing appreciation to who they are.


    To me, it is always a kind, easy expression to give to another. 


    “Thank you” is defined as a polite expression in gratitude of receiving a gift, a service or a compliment. A kind exchange.  It is all about mutual respect. Respect to ourselves and those we come into contact with, whether for business or home. 


    And while there are many other ways to show a grateful heart and respectful spirit, “thank you” has always been my simple and heartfelt go-to.  I’m also not a fan of the word “namaste.” While I love the meaning behind it,  I just don't think the word is accepted and heard by all groups of people.  The concept is beautiful, so don’t get me wrong about my intentions here...But, in a “namaste in bed” t-shirt wearing society I feel much of the deep, heartfelt intentions have been lost. I feel the meaning has been diluted and would rather use something that can be felt and received by all.


    So in wanting to see the good in you and in having a deep mutual respect for each other, I choose to use the words “thank you.” They translate into all languages. They are easy to say to yourself and aloud. And, said with intention as in “namaste,” they traverse all barriers, bonds and beliefs.  


    MY 10,000 THANK YOU’S

    I took the time to count how long it would take to say 10,000 thank you’s. 

    Keeping in mind that it was done in English, saying “thank you” to myself I counted:


    Approximately 110 per minute


    That’s:

    1,650 every 15 minutes

    11,550 every 7 days


    So, by saying roughly 1650 every day you can easily achieve close to 11,550 thank you’s in 7 days. 


    You can break it up. 

    7 minute morning meditation

    7 minute evening meditation

    Say the rest of them throughout your day


    Turn it into a mantra and see how your world feels. It helps you to live in gratitude and thanks.  To say “thank you” through broken hearts, miscommunications, closed doors and open windows. To say “thank you” for new beginnings.  To say “thank you” to someone who doesn’t say it back.   


    “Thank you” expands to every culture and every language has its own way to express gratitude. It can be seen and heard in word and deed.  Below are some examples...How do you say “Thank you?”


    SAYING THANK YOU

    “Thanks for your help today, I really appreciate you”

    “I am so happy I know you, thank you”

    “Thank you for all of your kind words”


    EXPRESSING THANK YOU IN OTHER WAYS

    Write it down in a letter or a note

    Invite friends over for dinner

    Send flowers to your lover

    Ask if there is anything you can do to help those you care about

    Offer to help a friend 


    LIVING IN THANK YOU

    Daily say thank you...for a new morning and an ended day

    Looking at your favorite artist

    Seeing beauty around you

    Reading a good book

    Walking in a park

    Smiling at a stranger


    BENEFITS OF THANK YOU’S

    Ease of frustration

    Sharing in a kind thought

    Connection with self and others

    Expressing your own happiness with the world

    Sharing your inner beauty

    Easing of tensions in difficult situations


    *UPDATE: It is also very powerful to use the words "I Love You."  Feel free to add these simple words into your mantras. 

    LANGUAGES AROUND THE WORLD

    My intention here is to have a comprehensive list of thank you in every language possible!  Please, feel free to contact me to add or revise!


    Native spelling - how to say it (if available) - Language 

    Please help us with pronunciation if you can - leave it in the comments


    Gadda gey - Afar

    Dankie - Afrikaans

    Faleminderit - Albanian

    Merci - Alsatian 

    Mèsi - Antillean Creole

    አመሰግናለሁ - Ameseginalehu - Amharic

     شكراً  - Shokran -  Arabic 

    Sahite - Arabic (Algerian)

    Shoukran - Arabic (Moroccan, Darija)

    Barakallahufikum - Arabic (Tunisia)

    Grazias - Aragonese 

    Շնորհակալություն - Shnorhakalut’yun - Armenian

    çox sağ ol; Tesekkur edirem  - Azerbaijani

    A ni kié - Bambara

    Ayùe - Bamoun

    Me yéga - Basaa

    ধন্যবাদ - Dhan'yabāda - Bangla

    Eskerrik asko; Milesker - Basque

    Дзякуй - Dziakuj - Belarusian

    Natôtela; Twatôtela - Bemba

    আপনাকে ধন্যবাদ - dhanyabaad - Bengali

    Tanemmirt - Berber

    Tangio tumas - Bishlamar 

    A ni kié - Bobo

    Hvala ti - Bosnian

    Trugéré; Trugaré; Trugarez - Breton

    Благодаря ти - Blagodarya ti; мерси - Merci - Bulgarian

    Akeva - Bulu

    Chezu ba - Burmese 

    Gràcies - Catalan

    Salamat - Cebuano

    Баркал - Barkal - Chechen 

    Wado - Cherokee 

    Zikomo - Chichewa

    谢谢你 - Xièxiè nǐ - Chinese (Simplified)

    謝謝你 - Xièxiè nǐ - Chinese (Traditional)

    Тавтапуҫ - Tavtapuҫ; Тав - Tav - Chuvash

    Grazie - Corsican 

    Hvala ti - Croatian 

    Děkuji; Díky - Czech 

    Tak - Danish

    Gha-ana - Birepo - Dogon

    Na som - Duala

    Dank je; Dank je wel - Dutch

    Thank you - English

    Dankon - Esperanto

    Tänan teid; Tänan väga; Aitäh  - Estonian

    Akpé - Ewe

    Akiba - Fang

    Takk fyri - Faroese 

    Vinaka - Fijian 

    Salamat - Filipino 

    Kiitos - Finnish

    Nachè nuwe - Fon 

    Merci - French 

    Tankewol - Frisian

    Gracie - Friulan

    Grazas; Graciñas - Galician

    Merkzi - Gallo

    Მადლობა - Madloba - Georgian 

    Danke - German 

    Awiliudo þus - Gothic

    Ευχαριστώ - Efcharistó - Greek

    Aguyjé - Guarani

    આભાર - Ābhāra - Gujarati

    Mèsi poutèt ou - Haitian Creole 

    Na gode - Hausa 

    Mahalo - Hawaiian

    תודה - Toda - Hebrew

    धन्यवाद - Dhanyavaad - Hindi 

    Ua tsaug - Hmong

    Köszönöm - Hungarian

    Takk; Takk fyrir - Icelandic

    Daalụ; Imela - Igbo

    Terima kasih - Indonesian

    Taiku - Inupiaq

    Go raibh maith agat - Irish

    Grazie - Italian

    ありがと; ありがとうございます- Arigatō - Japanese

    Matur nuwun - Javanese 

    ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು - Dhan'yavādagaḷu - Kannada

    Рахмет - Rahmet - Kazakh

    សូមអរគុណ - Saum arkoun - Khmer

    Murakoze - Kinyarwanda

    Murakoze - Kirundi

    고마워 - Kamsahamnida - Korean

    Sobodi - Kotokoli

    Tenki - Krio

    Spas - Kurdish (Kurmanji)

    Рахмат - Rahmat - Kyrgyz

    Wopila; Pilamaya - Lakota

    ຂອບໃຈ - Khobchai - Lao

    Matôndo - Lari

    Gratias tibi  - Latin

    Paldies - Latvian

    Abouï ngan - Leti (Mengisa)

    Gràçie - Ligurian

    Matondi - Lingala 

    Ačiū - Lithuanian

    Bedankt; Dank ju we - Low Saxon

    Merci - Luxembourgish

    Благодарам; фала - Blagodaram; fala - Macendonian

    Misaotra - Malagasy

    Terima kasih - Malay 

    നന്ദി - Nandi - Malayalam

    Niżżik ħajr; Grazzi; Nirringrazzjak - Maltese 

    Xie xie - Mandarin

    Mauruuru; Kia mihi - Maori

    धन्यवाद - Dhan'yavāda - Marathi

    Welálin - Micmac

    N'fa n'fa - Moba

    Баярлалаа - Bayarlalaa - Mongolian

    Barka - More

    Akewa - Myene

    ကျေးဇူးတင်ပါတယ် - Kyaayyjuutainpartaal - Myanmar (Burmese)

    Ahéhee' - Navajo

    धन्यवाद - Dhan'yavāda - Nepali

    Subhay - Newari

    Takk - Norwegian

    M-sapo - O’odham

    Mercé; Grandmercé - Occitan 

    ଧନ୍ୟବାଦ - Odia (Oriya)

    Miigwetch - Ojibwe

    Takk - Old Norse 

    Бузныг - Buznyg - Ossetian

    Danki - Papiamento

    مننه - Manana - Pashto

     تشکر از شما - Motashakkeram/Mamnun (formal); Mochchakkeram/Mersi (informal) - Persian

    Dziękuję - Polish

    Obrigada (female)/Obrigado (male); Obrigadão; Valeu  - Portuguese

    ਤੁਹਾਡਾ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ - Tuhāḍā dhanavāda - Punjabi

    Diboti - Punu

    Sulpáy - Quechua

    Mauruuru - Rapa Nui

    Najis tuke - Romani

    Mulţumesc; Mersi; Bogdaproste - Romanian

    Cпасибо - Spacibo  - Russian

    Giitu - Sami (Northern)

    Faafetai - Samoan

    Singuila - Sango

    Gratzias - Sardianian

    Tapadh leat; Tapadh leibh - Scots Gaelic

    Xвала ти - Havala ti - Serbian

    Kea leboha - Sesotho

    Marahaba - Shimaore

    Waita; Maita  - Shona

    توهان جي مهرباني - Meharbani - Sindhi

    ස්තූතියි - Stūtiyi - Sinhala

    Ďakujem - Slovak

    Hvala ti - Slovenian

    Hvala ti - Sobota

    Waad mahadsantahay - Somali

    Fofo - Songhai

    Nouari - Soninke 

    Gracias; Muchas Gracias - Spanish

    Hatur nuhun - Sunanese 

    Asante; asante sana - Swahili

    Tack - Swedish

    Salamat - Tagalog

    Mauruuru - Tahitian

    Ташаккур - rahmat - Tajik

    நன்றி - Naṉṟi - Tamil

    Рәхмәт - Rhamat - Tatar

    ధన్యవాదాలు - Dhan'yavādālu - Telugu

    ขอบคุณค่ะ - Kop khun kha (female); ขอบคุณครับ - Kop khun krap (male) - Thai

    Yekeniele - Tigrinya 

    Tualumba - Tongan 

    Kurre sumanga - Toraja 

    Taonga - Tumbuka 

    Teşekkür ederim; Sağolun - Turkish

    Sag bol - Turkmen

    Meda wo ase - Twi (Ashanti) 

    Tau - Udmurt 

    Дякую - Dyakuyu - Ukrainian

    شکریہ - Shukriya - Urdu

    رەھمەت سىزگە - Uyghur 

    Rahmat - Uzbek

    Cảm ơn bạn - Vietnamese 

    Malo te ofa - Wallisian

    Gråces; Merci - Walloon 

    Diolch yn fawr - Welsh

    Jërëjëf - Wolof

    Enkosi - Xhosa

    Kettu'i - Yaqui

    דאַנקען דיר - A dank - Yiddish

    Balika - Yocuba

    O ṣeun - Yoruba

    Quyana - Yupik

    Ngiyabonga; ngiyabonga kakhulu - Zulu

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