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The word "ThanK You" means more than just an appreciation of people's kindness

Updated on September 4, 2010

"Received with Love"

The word “Thank You” means more than just an appreciation of people’s kindness

by franciaonline

From the time we learned to talk we were taught to say Thank You. Kids are tested for their intelligence by being asked the question: What do you say to mommy after you got a box of chocolate during the weekend? Or a gift on your birthday? At a young age, we were taught the value of gratitude. If you are grateful more good things will come to you, our grandparents told us. So we grew up, saying Thank You whenever we got something good from people.

The question with Thank You is that it has become just an automatic response to a good deed or a gift we receive. What does Thank You really mean in our lives? I like the Malaysian meaning of Thank You. Teremakaseh means Received with Love. Is there a better meaning than receiving something good with love?

Everyday, when we open our eyes to the peeping sun, we say thanks to God. Receiving something with love is letting love flow like what we would do with cash in our economic system. If we want a healthy economy, we let the cash flow within the city, for instance. We don’t keep the cash. Spending the cash so that the city will benefit from the flow of the asset is very important for the economy to stay robust. I think we are all familiar with the saying that goes: Love isn’t love until it is given away; until it flows over to others. Like giving thanks.

Every morning as I enjoy the cool water from the shower, I say “Thanks”. Having water in abundance in the bathroom is a blessing indeed. But what about the poor in blighted communities who find it very hard to have access to clean water because they don’t own the land they are living in? Or worse still, because they are viewed by the government not as legitimate citizens of the city but as a “nuisance” who must be evicted by whatever means to give way to big business which brings revenue to the government? Saying thanks in the morning is thinking of the poor who have no water and working in whatever way so that they can have access to clean water.

Similarly, as I enjoy a well-lighted room at night with a hearty dinner, I say thanks. Yes, the good food is Received with Love. But what does this mean to me? Do I just pay lip service to the concept of gratitude? Why are the poor in blighted communities forever accused of stealing electricity through the use of jumpers? Is society doing something for the poor citizens of the city so that they won’t be pushed to steal electricity or water? When I say thanks for a well-lighted and well-ventilated room, do I let my love flow to my fellow citizens in the city the way I would spend cash so that the economic system of the city will be dynamic?

Thank You is not a static word like all other words about receiving love. It's not just a word. It is a responsibility to pass on the love received.



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      Tats 3 years ago

      Very nice and wonderful hub, also thanks to you now.

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      Rochelle 3 years ago

      What does thank you mean when u come out and tell someone that you were in love with them they tell you thank you

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      franciaonline 5 years ago from Philippines

      I was in Malaysia some time in the past and the Malaysians told me that Teremakaseh is "thank you" and literally it means "received with love".

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      anne 5 years ago

      I'm not sure if Malaysia used "teremakaseh" as the meaning of thank you. However, I think what you meant with "teremakaseh" is "terima kasih" and it is not Malaysian. It is Bahasa Indonesia

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      franciaonline 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi mohin shrestha,

      I am glad you found my hub useful.You're welcome.

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      charllote 6 years ago

      thank because i found the meaning of the word thank you

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      mohin shrestha 6 years ago

      thankyou sir for helping me out.

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      franciaonline 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi red,

      I'm glad you found something good in this hub. Indeed the word "Thank you" is a world of meaning in itself. Thank you for your time in reading this hub and for leaving a comment.

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      red 6 years ago

      Hi franciaonline, I really thank you for sharing this wonderful words of wisdom.I do appreciate more all thing around me so I thanks God.

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      lex123 7 years ago

      Beautiful hub reminding us about the insights of the monotonous word "Thank you." Apart from thanking God, we tell this word daily many times to our friends, colleagues, strangers, and others for any small favors, without realising its actual indepth meaning. Thank you fraciaonline for sharing interesting this. Voted up.

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      franciaonline 7 years ago from Philippines

      Hi toknowinfo,

      For leaving a kind word on my page, thanks!

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      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      Hi Franciaonline,

      You wrote a wonderful hub that helps us all keep perspective and remember our gratitude. I say to you "thank you" for writing such a wonderful hub and I mean it!

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      mamahops 9 years ago

      Great hub - we really should take 'thank you' more seriously. There is so much to be thankful for, and I think we forget the entire meaning behind what we are saying. I want to THANK YOU kindly, and with love, for reminding other readers to be thankful for what they have in their lives.

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      franciaonline 9 years ago from Philippines

      The concept of the "abundant life" highlights gratitude as one of the key forces that attracts abundance into our lives.

      Thanks for the good wish, dayzeebee. It's nice of you to leave a warm comment.

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      dayzeebee 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I agree, "Thank You" is a powerful word for it draws in more of that which you are thankful about. May more blessings fill your life constantly ! Gobless:)

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      franciaonline 9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Cris,

      Visits to this page is a blessing too and something to be thankful about!


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      Cris A 9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      thank you is indeed a simple phrase that is so and commonplace that we have taken for granted its true essence. thank you (and i mean it! LOL) for sharing insights on this :D

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      franciaonline 9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi ForReal511,

      It's a pleasure to see your lovely presence in my hub. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a note. Please come back for more of my sharing in the future.


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      franciaonline 9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi goldentoad,

      It's good to know that you identified with the theme of gratitude in my hub. Thanks for visiting my page.


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      ForReal511 9 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, FL

      thanks so much for this! gratitude is a powerful thing and so is passing on love :)

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      goldentoad 9 years ago from Free and running....

      I joke that I am miserable but deep down I give thanks for all I got too.

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      franciaonline 9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi countrywoman,

      When someone like you drops by to read my hub and leave a good word, your visit adds up to my day's blessings. Thanks for taking time to read my hub.


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      franciaonline 9 years ago from Philippines

      Hi ripplemaker,

      It's always a good day for me when someone like you visit my site. And the happiness is much more when you leave a message. Thanks for leaving a good word.


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      countrywomen 9 years ago from Washington, USA

      Francia- Keep the love flowing. Nothing comes close to loving and being loved. I agree we all need the attitude of gratitude for every small blessings that we so take for granted in our life. Great hub and certainly a thumbs up from me.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi franciaonline, today as I wake up I thank God for my life and all the 101 things I am grateful for LOL Yes I even wrote a hub about that and had fun putting it all together. Like you, I have to recognize that having a grateful heart makes a whole lot of difference in my life. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! :)


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