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The New Resolution: Word of The Year

The New Resolution: Word of The Year

It’s 2018 and time to retire your tired list of New Year’s resolutions that never get resolved. Instead of making a list that you’ll discard before Valentine candy makes an appearance, embrace a word of the year!

Set the tone of the fresh year with a broad word that encompasses desires and ambitions in one resounding theme. By whittling it down to one word, you will be able to focus your intentions and actions throughout the year and the results will be that much more powerful.

You may already have an idea of what theme word to adopt for the coming year, but if you are having trouble, see which of the following words ring true to you and get ready for big changes when you embrace a Word of the Year as the clock strikes midnight on December 31st!


Break out of your comfort zone this year when your word is Adventure. This theme word could mean traveling the world, donating your hair to locks of love or trying a new restaurant. Find out where adventure can take you this year!


Do you have trouble seeing something through until completion? Work at changing your ways when dedication is your word of the year. Ask friends and family to hold you accountable as you dedicate yourself to finishing what you start.

Generosity: Focus on others through acts of generosity. Embracing a spirit of generosity goes beyond charitable donations of money. While you can give as you are able, remember to be generous with your time and talents, as well as love, joy, and grace.


When you embrace a growth mindset, you will have something to show for it by the end of the year! So go ahead and register for that class and learn how to do something that has always made you want to learn more.


Make gratitude a priority throughout the year and pay close attention to your all the wonders of your life, both large and small. If your word of the year is gratitude, start the year with a gratitude journal and write down all the people and things in your life that fill you with gratitude.


Has the stress of everyday life clouded your ability to embrace joy? That’s no way to live life. Take this as a time to reconnect with joy and happiness in your life. Find time in your life to reconnect with people and activities that make you happy and put your soul at ease in times of trouble.


Do you hold anger in your heart? If so, make this the year of forgiveness. From the person who cut you off in traffic, and the inconsiderate coworker, to the family member who knows most how to hurt your heart, practice forgiving others and asking forgiveness from those you have wronged. This exercise will invite a more profound sense of grace and peace in your life.


Instead of resolving to lose weight, exercise more or eat your vegetables at every meal, adopt the word wellness as your theme for the new year. This broad view will help you make necessary changes that will improve both your mental and physical wellbeing.

While many give in to the temptation to make bold declarations and sweeping changes as the clock ticks closer to midnight on New Year’s Eve, you have the power to make this year different. Instead of looking back on a year of discarded resolutions, make a lasting change by adopting a word of the year to guide you through the coming months.

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