Is there any one word in English that means a "good wish" or "well wishing thought"?

For example, "It's a good wish/well wishing thought, and I hope it comes true."

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    Perhaps 'aspiration' :a hope or ambition of achieving something! Mar 26, 2017 at 13:16
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    Nothing specific I am familiar with, but you can say "nice dream" instead of "good thought" depending what you specifically want to convey. There's also "prayer" in certain (more religious) circumstances. Why do you need a single word? Why won't "nice thought" work?
    – Dan Bron
    Mar 26, 2017 at 13:17
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    Certainly. 'Benediction'; 'benison'. So let's forget those (though 'blessing/s' may sometimes work) and go with 'best wishes' or 'kind wish'. Dec 26, 2019 at 11:42

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felicitation, or felicitations
usually plural

1.The act of expressing joy or acknowledgment, as for the achievement or good fortune of another.
American Heritage Dictionary

Words expressing praise for an achievement or good wishes on a special occasion. ‘it is my honour to extend the felicitations of the president of France to you’
Oxford Living Dictionary


You could use 'well-meaning', 'well-wished' or 'well-intentioned'.

"That's a well-meaning thought, and I hope it comes true."


How about goodwill?

Merriam-Webster defines

kindly feeling of approval and support : benevolent interest or concern

people of goodwill


Godspeed is nice, especially if the person you're talking to is about to begin a journey.

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    Yes but godspeed is not a noun, which is what the questioner seeks.
    – Chenmunka
    May 8, 2017 at 8:29
  • Some dictionaries say it’s also a noun.
    – Xanne
    Apr 25, 2020 at 7:27

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