Do you want to select a word of the year (or word of the month, week, or day), but aren’t quite sure of what to pick? This list of word of the year ideas can help!
Keep scrolling past the list of positive words to grab a free printable word of the year reflections journal page with a complete printout list of the word suggestions.
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What is a word of the year?
A word of the year (or month, week, or day), is a word you pick to guide your year (or month, week, or day). People usually select a positive word or a word that reminds them of their intentions and desires.
A word of the year helps remind you of your goals and desires for the year. You can use it as a mantra, as part of your affirmations practice, or as inspiration for journaling. It can help guide your goals and intentions.
How to pick a word of the year
Your word of the year needs to feel “right,” which is why picking a word of the year can seem so daunting sometimes! Here are a few questions you can journal on as you select a word of the year:
- What intention do am I setting for the new year?
- Why do I want to manifest this intention this year?
- What do I feel I need most this year?
- How can I work together with Universe to achieve my intentions this year?
- How will it feel to achieve my intentions and meet my goals?
These questions are included on a free printable journaling page available further down the page. Look for the row of purple arrows.
Answering these questions can help guide your selection. If, for example, what you desire most in the new year is a feeling of peace, select an appropriate guiding word. Words like peace, relax, allow, trust, and accept might be appropriate for you. Words like adventure, hustle, and excited might not be a good fit if you’re craving peace.
Keep your answers in mind as you read through the list of word of the year ideas below.
Here’s a quick look into my thought process when I selected my personal word of the year. For the year ahead, I have chosen “Aparigraha,” or non-attachment. I’m working on natural vision improvement (yes, that’s a thing), and know that non-attachment will help my progress.
Vision is the only sense we attempt to force on a regular basis instead of allowing the sensations to arrive at our body. Instead of trying to force and strive for more clear vision (which totally doesn’t work), I’m seeking to have fun and enjoy the experience while expressing gratitude for my eyes. The more I relax and let go of worry about the blur, the more clear my vision becomes. (Curious about natural vision improvement? Check out this post from the Weston A Price Foundation and, if you’e really curious, sign up for a free class with my vision instructor.)
How to use a word of the year
I personally like to write my word of the year at the start of my new planner to remind me of my positive intentions. Sometimes I also write it on a note on my fridge or at my desk. You might repeat it like a mantra or use it as your guide when making choices.
You can make a game out of looking for your word of the year as you move through each day. You might even be able to find pillows, posters, mugs, etc. that remind you of your word of the year!
Word of the year list
As you go through this list, you will immediately find words that do not resonate with you. Cross them off, either mentally or physically on the free printable. Then, you can make a short list of 3-5 words (if you need to), before narrowing in on a single word of the year. You can always use your shortlisted words later as a word of the month, week, or day!
Make sure to keep scrolling down the page for your printable word of the year list PDF and journaling pages to help you uncover your word of the year.
- Intentional Intuitive
Word of the year free printable
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