In the realm of behavioral health, where the power of group dynamics is recognized, finding innovative and engaging activities becomes paramount. As many of you are actively involved in clinical work with groups, we’re excited to share one of our favorite New Year’s Group activities that has proven to be both insightful and enjoyable.

A simple yet impactful activity involves using quotes related to New Year’s Day. Begin by printing off a curated list of quotes and then distribute a single quote to each member within the group. The magic unfolds as each member takes a turn reading their assigned quote aloud and shares what it personally means to them.

This activity serves as a catalyst for reflection on new beginnings and the significance of holidays. Participants have the opportunity to express their thoughts, insights, and emotions in a supportive group setting. As time permits, fellow group members can provide feedback, fostering a sense of connection and understanding within the group.

Our experience with this group activity spans several successful years, demonstrating its effectiveness in enhancing a group’s ability to reflect on meaningful occasions. It goes beyond the conventional therapeutic approaches and adds an element of fun to the group dynamics.

As we delve into the New Year, let’s infuse our group sessions with creativity and enjoyment. Utilize this activity to not only explore individual perspectives but also to strengthen the bonds within the group. We encourage you to have fun with it and witness the positive impact it can have on the group’s cohesion and reflection.

Quotes for the New Year’s Group

“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.” – John Burroughs

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk

through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.” – Ellen Goodman

“No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is t hat from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.” – Charles Lamb

“Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.” – Thomas Mann

“I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.” – Anaïs Nin

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Lovejoy Pierce

It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets.” – William Thomas

“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.” – Henry Moore

“Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.” – Dave Beard

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” – Billy Vaughn

“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul” – Jose G. K. Chesterton

“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” – Charles Lamb

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ‘ -Mark Twain

It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets. -William Thomas

All glory comes from daring to begin. -Eugene F. Ware

What appears to be the end may really be a new beginning. -Unknown

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. -Maria Robinson

Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be. -Marsha Petrie Sue

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. -Carl Bard

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. -Albert Camus

Making the beginning is one third of the work. -Irish Proverb

One resolution I have made, and always try to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. – John Burroughs

Fostering Reflection and Connection: A New Year’s Group Activity