50 Word of the Year Ideas for 2024 

by | Dec 6, 2023 | Self-Improvement

This is the time of the year that most people begin to think about New Year’s resolutions, goals, and dreams for the upcoming year. But resolutions are not for everyone, and it’s becoming more and more common to pick a “Word of the Year” in place of the “New Year’s Resolutions” we have been accustomed to. We’re sharing 50 word of the year ideas for you so that 2024 jumps off on the right foot! 

But first, let’s talk a bit more about what this concept is all about. 

How Does the Word of the Year Work? 

Three slices of tree trunks are painted black and have the words “smile,” “laugh,” and “dream.”

Think of your “word” as your main focus of the year. We’ve even heard it called a “nudge word” in a Washington Post™ article where the author explains that “Instead of setting a specific goal, choose a word that captures the mind-set you want to adopt—a word that will nudge you toward positive change whenever you think of it.” 

This is different from resolutions or goals in that it doesn’t require a specific action. For example, a new year’s resolution may be “read one personal growth book a month.” But choosing “growth” as your word of the year would not only compel you to read more personal growth books, but it’s an all-encompassing expression that has the potential to inspire growth in all areas of life. 

Now that you have an idea of how this works, how do you go about picking your word? 

How to Pick Your Word of the Year 

What we love about picking a word of the year is how incredibly inspiring it is. It’s also less intimidating and overwhelming because it doesn’t hold you to a specific goal. Instead, it gives you a lens in which to make decisions and sort your priorities throughout the year. 

When picking your word, consider these questions: 

  • How do I want my word to make me feel? 
  • What action do I want my word to inspire? 
  • What area of my life do I want to focus on most? 

Although we split our word of the year ideas up into five categories (see below), you’ll find that most words encapsulate all areas of your life. That’s the beauty of it! 

50 Word of the Year Ideas for 2024 

We don’t expect you to make your word of the year appear out of thin air. So, we’ve gathered 50 words that we broke down into different categories: personal growth, professional & business, family & relationships, mind & soul, and miscellaneous words.  

Take a look and pay attention to how the words make you feel. One might stand out more than the rest! 

Personal Growth Word of the Year Ideas 

A neon sign says, “Dream.”

If you’re looking for your word to revolve around your personal growth, we have some suggestions for a jumping off point: 

  • Abundance 
  • Discipline 
  • Dream 
  • Expand 
  • Fearless 
  • Flourish 
  • Growth 
  • Thrive 
  • Wellness 
  • Wisdom 

Professional & Business Word of the Year Ideas 

A black mug with white speckles reads, “never settle.”

Maybe 2024 is a year to focus on your professional career or business ventures! If so, check out these words that will inspire you to keep at it: 

  • Action 
  • Create 
  • Elevate 
  • Impact 
  • Lead 
  • Mission 
  • Passion 
  • Prosper 
  • Purpose 
  • Vision 

Family & Relationship Word of the Year Ideas 

A family walks along the beach with the sun setting in the background.

It’s possible you’ve been working hard in other areas of your life, so this year, family and relationships are your focus. Here are 10 words that center around connecting with others: 

  • Adventure 
  • Connection 
  • Communicate 
  • Community 
  • Family 
  • Forgive 
  • Love 
  • Play 
  • Quality Time 
  • Service 

Mind & Soul Word of the Year Ideas 

A sign reads, “enjoy the simple things.”

Here are words for your mind and soul if you feel it’s what you need to focus on in 2024: 

  • Calm 
  • Embrace 
  • Faith 
  • Grace 
  • Gratitude 
  • Joy 
  • Mindful 
  • Peace 
  • Rest 
  • Truth 

Other Favorite Words to Consider 

A neon sign reads, “best.”

Lastly, here are a few extra words that we love: 

  • Best 
  • Celebrate 
  • Center 
  • Delight 
  • Harmony 
  • Life 
  • Light 
  • Magic 
  • Moment 
  • Positivity 

2024 is YOUR Year! 

Nothing’s stopping you from making 2024 the best year yet. And with this list of word of the year ideas, we hope you’ve been inspired to pick one that helps you accomplish everything you ever dreamed! 

Want more new year inspiration? Start 2024 off with an organized home with these three tips!