How do you express your gratitude?

Since it’s appreciation month for Powerful Words, I’m always looking for great ways to express gratitude.  How do YOU express your gratitude? How do you foster it in your children?

We can express gratitude…
(1) Through a letter: Yesterday we talked about writing a letter to the teacher telling him or her all the ways s/he has helped you or your child.  By writing a letter, you put longevity into words that allows the recipient to read and reread your appreciative statements.  Tell them all the ways you are thankful. What a wonderful gift!

(2) Through a gift: There are plenty of gifts you can give to someone to show your appreciation.  Whether it’s flowers, candy, homemade cookies, or simply something you saw that made you think of them, a little something can say a lot.  Especially when you make it yourself or the gift is personalized in some way for that person, you can really show you’ve been thinking of the other person and what s/he means to you.

(3) Through spending time: As we know, children spell “love” T-I-M-E.  Time together can show how much you appreciate someone else.  Especially when you do something that is meaningful to the other person– see a movie they’ve been wanting to see, or even going somewhere that you know they’d rather not go to alone (like the hospital, to visit someone they have mixed feelings about, etc), you are saying that that person is important to you and that you appreciate all they’ve done.

(4) Through a song, dance, or art: Some of us have a creative spirit.  Use it.  If you sing beautifully, play the piano, write songs, draw, or paint, you can use whatever medium you desire to show someone how much you appreciate them.  And no matter what kind of dancer you are, if you are grateful, you can show your gratitude through your movement.  Just check out the gratitude dancers above!

(5) Through your own words: Just say how you feel.  No  time like the present! We often let time pass without saying a thing.  If your husband is taking out the garbage and your wife has cooked your favorite meal, or your children cleaned their rooms without asking, make sure they know how much you appreciate it.  In many families around the world, other spouses and children might not be as considerate. Don’t let sleeping dogs lie–remind yourself to do it often– tell them today!

Tell us how you express your gratitude.  It’s a great time to let people know how much you care!

Dr. Robyn Silverman signs

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28 Ways to Teach Children to Say Thank-you (in Different Languages)

Dear Dr. Robyn,
I want to make my teacher a card for gratitude month and Teacher Appreciation Week. He’s so cool and nice that I want to say thank you in all different ways around the card. I’ll draw all the different ways big and small on the card. Do you know how to say it in Chinese? I knew you would know the answer. Thanks! (Joey Kay, N.J., age 9)

Here you go, Joey! I’m sure your teacher will love the card. I hope you and your friends will show us a copy of some of your cards or pictures! Take a picture of your pictures/cards and send them to us! We’d love to share any Teacher Appreciation messages (from any child or parent) with the Powerful Words Family. We’re all ears!
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Language

Spelling

Pronounciation

Africaans

Dankee

Dahn-kee

Arabic

Shukran

Shoe-Krahn

Chinese, Cantanese

do jeh

daw-dyeh

Chinese, Mandarin

xie xie

syeh-syeh

Czech

dêkuji

deh-ku-yih

Danish

tak

Tahg

Finnish

kiitos

kee-toas

French

Merci

mehr-see

German

danke

dahn-kah

Greek

efharisto

ef-har-rih-stowe

Hawaiian

Mahalo

Ma- hollow

Hebrew

toda

Toh-dah

Hindi, Hindustani

sukria

shoo-kree-a

Italian

grazie

gra-see

Japanese

arigato

ahree-gah-tow

Korean

kamsa hamnida

kahm-sah=ham-nee-da

Norwegian

takk

Tahk

Philippines (Tagalog)

salamat po

sah-lah-maht poh

Polish

dziekuje

dsyen-koo-yeh

Portuguese

obrigado

oh-bree-gah-doh

Russian

spasibo

spah-see-boh

Spanish

gracias

gra-see-us

Sri Lanka (Sinhak)

istutiy

isst-too-tee

Swahili

asante

ah-sahn-the

Swedish

tack

Tahkk

Thai

kawp-kun krap/ka’

kowpkoom-krahp/khak

Turkish

tesekkür ederim

teh-sheh-kur=eh-deh-rim

Vietnamese

Cam O

caam-ungh

Have a Powerful Month!