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last updated September 1, 2015     

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Three Foundational Principles

Thanktime is the most practical, thoughtful, organized, unique, and meaningful way to thank and encourage people.

Thanktime is based on three fundamental principles:

  1. There are great people in this world, and everybody needs encouragement.

  2. Our own life is richer when we make thanking a habitual, weekly exercise.

  3. Writing and sending written thanks is more meaningful than casually saying thanks, because of the power of the written word.

If you agree, then become a Thanker today to affirm and thank the people in your life.

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What is thanktime?

Thanktime is a free-to-use application that helps you appreciate, thank, and encourage the great people in your life.

How does it accomplish this?

  • Every week, Thankers get 100 new thank points to give out along with their thank note

  • You can give any amount of available thank points to any number of people by sending thanks to their thanktime username (only if they're registered), or to their email address (whether they're registered or not)

  • You can also give thanks to unspecified people (e.g. "the kind stranger on the subway") or abstract beings (e.g. God). You can even give thanks to pets, nature, objects, activities, or places

  • Whenever you send thanks to an unregistered person's email address, that person will receive one email with your thank note, and not a single more email from us. We keep email addresses private and do not spam, in order to abide by our philosophy

  • There are five categories you can choose from to qualify the underlying nature of, and reason for, your thanks:

    1. Helpful & Dependable: Reliable, Responsible, Patient, Teamplayer
    2. Kindhearted & Giving: Loving, Generous, Hospitable, Honest
    3. Diligent & Talented: Competent, Skillful, Hardworking, Brave
    4. Uplifting & Creative: Inspiring, Entertaining, Funny, Artistic
    5. Wise & Knowledgeable: Thoughtful, Brilliant, Mindful, Spiritual

  • Thanks sent are private by default, which means only the recipient can see your thank note. To make the thank note publicly visible, both the sender AND the recipient need to mark the thank note as public

  • At the end of the week (Sunday), any unused points are lost forever, mirroring and symbolizing lost opportunities to thank. Regardless of how many points you've given out in the week, you'll start on Monday with 100 thank points.

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Why use thanktime (when I can just email someone instead)?

Thanktime does not replace thanking someone in person, with a smile on your face, nor is it a substitute for calling someone on the phone or sending a thank you card--it's in addition to all of that.

A written thank you note is often more meaningful than spoken thanks, because the recipient knows you took the time to write down your appreciation. A digital thank you note is even better, because it lasts longer, reduces paper waste, saves space, and is much easier to organize.

Thanktime is unique and particularly better than email (for sending and receiving thanks) for several reasons:

  1. Thanktime allows you to digitally memorialize your thanks sent and received (whether they're private or public), and to more easily view them later at any time. Thanktime chronologically organizes your thanks and provides you with both a Thankful Moments™ section (i.e. thanks sent), and a Seeds of Encouragement™ section (i.e. thanks received). Both of these can be fun to go back to and read occasionally (and especially refreshing on a tough day).

  2. Thanktime allows you to be thanked without having to give out your email address. Instead, just give someone your thanktime (i.e. your Thanktime username). It's also more exciting to be asked "What's your thanktime?" than "What's your email?" because you know to possibly expect some thanks later!

  3. Thanktime increases the value of your thanks because of Thanktime's quantitative aspect, and the finite nature of thank points. Thankers must use up some of their available points in order to thank you, which means they have less points to give to someone else. That means that you, the recipient, are that much more special to them.

  4. Thanktime increases the value of your thanks because of Thanktime's qualitative aspect.
    By specifying one of five categories as the reason for their thanks, Thankers can gradually assess both: (1) what accounts for most of their gratitude level (i.e. through thanks sent), and (2) what others view their strengths to be (i.e. through thanks received).

  5. Because you lose any points you do not give, Thanktime encourages you to practice being thankful at least once a week (i.e. before your points expire). Studies show that being mindful of thankfulness can add to your experienced level of happiness, and may also improve your health.

  6. Thanktime provides you with an easy and free way to market your services by allowing you to publicly display all the thank notes you've received from satisfied customers, coworkers, or supervisors. Just make sure they elect to make the thank public.

  7. More features for you to discover, and many more to come...

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When will thanktime be available?

The first beta version was released on July 17, 2015.
The second beta version went live on September 7, 2015.

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Where is thanktime based?

Briefcat, LLC, is currently registered and headquartered in the commonwealth of Virginia, USA.

Thanktime's user base is global.

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Who is behind thanktime, and what is its philosophy?

Hi! I'm Vahid Dejwakh, the founder and CEO of Briefcat, LLC, the company that built and runs Thanktime.

I'm originally from Niger, West Africa, where I was raised to value and appreciate the Bantu concept of Ubuntu.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes Ubuntu as follows:
A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished

          - Archbishop Tutu, No Future Without Forgiveness (1999)

Ubuntu is the philosophy behind Thanktime.

To learn more about me and about Thanktime, you're welcome to check out the blog.

The quality of our thankfulness reflects the quality of our life.™

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