Welcome to '24! We're back with a new installment in Axios' Carly Mallenbaum's series on cool foreign words that don't have an exact English translation — this one's perfect for colder days.

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1 big thing: How to cultivate cozy

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There's a Dutch word that describes feeling cozy, usually with friends or loved ones: gezellig.

  • Why it matters: The gezellig Dutch culture can remind us all to be more present with friends and ourselves, Carly writes.

Thought bubble: On a recent — very cold — trip to Amsterdam, I found the town overflowing with warmth.

  • It wasn't just the hot soup, fondue and ginger tea, but a friendly, intimate atmosphere.
  • As a local named Sjoerd explained to me: That's gezellig, a word that can describe getting beers with friends, the beer itself or the place where you get the beers.

Gezellig is "a positive warm emotion or feeling rather than just something physical," Ella Frances Sanders writes in her book about untranslatable words.

Between the lines: Much like the rest of their European neighbors, the Dutch have systems in place to help them prioritize downtime.

  • For example: "In the Netherlands, people take long holidays … and it's not considered a good thing if they see you at work late," says Olga Mecking, a multilingual author who lives in the Netherlands.
  • Other factors: The parental leave policy and universal health care.

If you're pursuing the cozy energy of gezellig this winter, you can do as the Dutch do.

  • Invite only people you like, serve shared finger foods, and keep things small and informal, says Mecking.
  • In the Netherlands, "cozy places don't tend to be very big and splashy," she says — but they do tend to be old, filled with plants and warmly lit.

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🎆 Resolution bonanza

Thanks to the dozens of Axios readers who have been sharing their '24 goals with us. We'd love to hear from more of you:

  • How do you hope to change yourself, your workplace or the world in '24? Drop us a line, including your name and hometown: [email protected].

We'll include a selection of your responses in a special resolutions edition tomorrow!

  • Here's one from reader Ken Derow in Swarthmore, Pa., to inspire you: "My new goal for the year is to implement at least one random act of kindness every day in the hope that I can contribute to making the world a little bit kinder and more hospitable for its inhabitants — us."