There are over 7,000 languages are spoken around the world. In celebration of this rich diversity, Positive News has collected 10 of their favourite inspiring words. I love them all.

1. Xibipíío
Origin: Pirahã, Amazonian Brazil
Meaning: A phenomenon on the boundaries of perception or experience

2. Ondinnonk
Origin: Iroquoian, North America
Meaning: The soul’s innermost desires, as revealed in dreams

3. Hózhó
Origin: Navajo, US
Meaning: Striving for balance in life, towards oneself, others and the earth

4. Hoʻoponopono
Origin: Hawaiian, Hawaii
Meaning: An interaction involving mutual forgiveness and restitution

5. Wantok
Origin: Tok Pisin, Papua New Guinea
Meaning: The community where I find belonging: we speak the same language and are responsible for each other

6. Turangawaewae
Origin: Maori, New Zealand
Meaning: A place to stand; a place where we feel rooted, empowered and connected

7. Woohitike
Origin: Lakota, North and South Dakota, US
Meaning: The brave and courageous spirit that lies in every person

8. Piliriqatigiinniq
Origin: Inuktitut, Canada
Meaning: Togetherness, community spirit. Working together for the common good

9. Fago
Origin: Ifaluk, Ifaluk Island, Pacific Ocean
Meaning: A combination of sorrow and the optimism to be found in human compassion

10. Kenshō
Origin: Japanese
Meaning: A temporary glimpse of awakening or enlightenment

With thanks to Positive News

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