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These sweet, thoughtful cartoons show what you should be saying instead of sorry

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British people apologise a lot.

indy100 even wrote about it earlier this week: it turns out there are 15 British apologies for every 10 American ones - just for being five minutes late to a meeting.

But Chinese artist Yao Xiao, based in New York, has created cartoons which point out that we might be saying sorry when we might mean something else completely.

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Yao told indy100 she realised through her own everyday interactions that 'sorry' was used a stand-in word when we mean all manner of different things.

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And we shouldn't feel the need to apologise just for existing, or needing something, because those things aren't wrong.

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In fact, she realised, saying thank you has a far more positive effect both for the person you're speaking to and your own well-being.

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Yao said via email:

Apologising for being present/being vulnerable and open was something I used to do... acknowledging that you appreciate someone who cared for you [by saying thank you] is a very nice thing to do and makes both parties feel great.

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She made the comic as part of the ongoing series Baopu, about a queer Chinese woman who immigrates to the US.

Baopu began as a way of teasing out identities and labels and grew into something very personal, Yao said - but people everywhere relate to the situations and experiences she goes through.

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It really has been a wonderful experience for me to see this transformation of the series.

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The reaction to the Thank You/Sorry comic in particular has been "huge", she said. "It was definitely beyond what I have ever imagined."

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Check out more of Yao's work here and follow her on Twitter here.

All images: Yao Xiao


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