My Sweet Nothings

All that linger in my mind …

Word Of The Year 2016


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Our words have the power to build up or tear down.

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”
Yehuda Berg

Choosing a Word of the Year is a new idea for me inspired by Vinitha and Laurel. Then I read all the posts in the linkup. I was terribly excited and was curious to choose mine. I consistently engaged myself in self analyzing to make my word choice. Really this process itself had transformed me a lot. Hence the WORD should also make me happy.

Words carry immeasurable significance: The universe was created with a word, OM; The ancients believed that the spoken words contained the power and authority of the Gods. Words can inspire us to achieve goals or they can hold us back from doing something. The power of words is magical, spiritual, incredible, amazing and enlightening. Nothing is more powerful than words when used well in your life.

As an Indian, I know well the power of words as Mantra. One of the most powerful mantras is Gayatri Mantra. Chanting this mantra have several benefits as improvised concentration and calmness. So decided to go with the WORD.

After doing more research and analysis, I selected the WORD of the year 2016 as EMPATHY.

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Several Meanings for Empathy 

Empathy is awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people. It is the ability to identify with another’s feelings. It’s the understanding and sharing of the emotions and experiences of another person.

I am sure EMPATHY would help me in

  • Understanding Others
  • Developing Others
  • Render a Service
  • Coping with Diversity
  • Fostering good, pleasurable and positive feelings
  • Being Happier
  • Being Healthier
  • Being Smarter
  • Sleeping better at night
  • Achieving inner peace
  • Connecting with people
  • Building Trust
  • Improving relationship
  • Empowering Myself
  • Knowing GOD

It may not always be easy, or even possible, to empathize with others but, through constant awareness and commitment, I hope I go by the WORD by all means.

By being empathetic I may definitely enjoy better relationships with others and greater well-being through life.

Some Useful Resources 

Choosing a Word for the Year

My One Word

How to Show Empathy

Do You Believe That A Word Can Change Your Life? If so, What Is Your Word Of The Year 2016 ??? 

Linking this post with Laurel of Alphabet Salad.


Author: Vasantha Vivek

I am Vasantha Vivek. A happy woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, friend, mentor, seeker, lover …….I enjoy reading and writing very much … I start & end my days with reading … Now I started writing also … so come …My Sweet Nothings …

9 thoughts on “Word Of The Year 2016

  1. That’s a beautiful mantra and a great start to my morning. Thank you!

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  2. I love the idea of empathy. It’s what keeps me going on most days. Those are some lovely expressions of what empathy stands for.

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  3. Great, Vasantha. Empathy is a very meaningful and apt word. Thank you for the mention.🙂

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  4. Excellent word choice! Thank you so much for sharing, and all the very best to you in 2016!

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