At the beginning of a new year, many of us look for ways to make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative in the months ahead.
There’s another kind of exercise I love: identifying one idea, summarized in just one word or phase, as the overarching theme for the coming year.
My sister Elizabeth and I have been doing this for years. Some of our choices:
- Elizabeth: “Free Time,” “Style,” “Hot Wheels,” “Novel,” “Home,” “Control,” “#6,” “Lighter,” “Butterfly,” and for 2022, “Step.”
- Gretchen: “Upgrade,” “Bigger,” “Lighten Up,” “Re-purpose,” “Delegate,” “Infrastructure,” “Growth,” “Open,” and for 2022, “Salt.”
- Pepper (I got a kick out of this, given that my word is “Salt”)
- Clear Away
- Present (be present and give a gift to yourself)
On episode 363 of Happier, we talk about responses from listeners about why they chose the words they chose.
Have you chosen a one-word theme for the year? I’m endlessly fascinated by the themes people choose, and why.