Danke, gracias, spasiba, domo arigato, todah rabah. However you like to say “thank you,” now is your chance to say it even more. January is National Thank You Month – a time dedicated to sharing our gratitude with the people, places and things that make us feel truly thankful.
Hopefully you’re already saying thank you a lot. But when it comes to saying “thanks,” we think there’s always room for one more. So this month, celebrate your thanks by sharing it with others. Here are four ideas to get you started:
- Make a list. There are lots of people to be thankful for in life: parents, teachers, friends, siblings, mentors. Make a list of all the people you feel grateful for and aim to thank one person each day. Extra points if you say it in person or over the phone!
- Thank someone new. Think outside the thank you box. Leave a thank you note for the mailman, say thank you to a fire fighter, or bring a cappuccino to your bus driver. Often, these unexpected thank yous are the most meaningful ones.
- Say it in the AM! Judaism’s daily morning prayer, modeh ani, which is traditionally recited right when you wake up, offers an opportunity to say “thank you” for the miracle of life every single day. Learn the two-line prayer here. Feeling thankful enough to sing it? Check out this adorable music video for modeh ani, “Texas style” (complete with singing cows!).
- Pay your thanks forward. Make a donation to an organization you love in honor of the person (or people) you’re thankful for. Two thank yous for the price of one – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Who are you feeling thankful for this month? Let us know below or tweet us at @repairtheworld.