20 Inspirational Quotes on How to Make the New Year Happy
There is nothing like a new beginning to inspire positive change. That’s what makes the new year such a popular time for people to make resolutions. And, even if you’re not someone who routinely makes a New Year’s resolution, January is still a great time to reflect on the past and look forward to whatever lies ahead in the coming year. In fact, despite the gloomy stats on how many resolutions fail, a study by John C. Norcross, professor of psychology at the University of Scranton, reported that people who make a change in January are 10 times more successful than those who resolve to make a change at another time of the year.
Last year was challenging for nearly everyone, especially emotionally and financially, and for many kids their education was adversely affected, so the promise of a new year may be just what both parents and kids need to gain the motivation and strength to turn things around. The following quotes offer inspiration that may encourage you and your students to take steps to make life a little happier this year, which could be a nice resolution in itself.
Quotes on Seeking a New Beginning
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” —Maria Robinson
“Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” —Ralph Blum
“Go where you are celebrated—not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.” —Unknown
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” —Alan Cohen
Quotes on Creating Change
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” —Jim Rohn
“A change in bad habits leads to a change in life.” —Jenny Craig
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” —Oprah Winfrey
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“When we want to accomplish effective change in our life, we really need to know ourselves.” —Barry Naude, The Essential Skills for Success
Quotes to Get Motivated
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” —Mary Anne Radmacher
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” —Henry Ford
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” —C.S. Lewis
“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” —Joel Brown
“If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” —Thomas Edison
Quotes on Making Resolutions
“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” —Karen Lamb
“Ring out the false, ring in the true.” —Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Never, never, never, never give up.” —Winston Churchill
“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.” —Henry Moore
“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” —Goran Persson
Please share your resolutions or a favorite quote we may have missed!
Elizabeth Street is a writer and managing editor for Learning Liftoff. For the past 20 years, she has written newsletter and website content for nonprofit and corporate organizations on such topics as the plight of children of prisoners worldwide, the lack of prenatal care for mothers in developing countries, and child mentoring programs. She has a particular interest in the importance of providing all children with a quality education regardless of their family’s financial status or background. A native of Virginia, Elizabeth is a graduate of James Madison University and loves animals, with particular fondness for her two cats, Oscar and Emmy.