Board Games for Fun Game Nights

Recommended Games for Group Fun

Studies in positive psychology show that relationships are a key ingredient of a happy, healthy lifestyle, and I heartily recommend regular game nights as a method of having fun and bonding with family and friends. Here are my favorite board games and group games to play with my own friends and family, with reasons as to why these are top picks. At the bottom of this page, there's a link where you can add your own board game recommendations. Have fun!

Loaded Questions

This is my favorite game, hands down! It's great for groups of people who don't know each other very well yet, or for people who have known each other for a long time. Basically, one person asks a personal or opinion-based question, and everyone comes up with their own answer. The answers are read aloud (by one person), and the questioner has to guess who said what. It's fun to come up with the answers to these questions, it's fun to guess who would have said which thing, and it all helps people laugh together and get to know each other more. (And laughter and light-hearted acceptance are great for stress relief!)



This board game supplies many of the same benefits as Loaded Questions but is less personal – you come up with would-be definitions to obscure words instead of answers to semi-personal questions. This can be fun for people who don't want to get quite as personal with one another, but still want to connect. It provides opportunities for discussion and can be somewhat educational, too. (Mental stimulation and fun challenges are great stress relievers as well.)



This board game is really fun, too, and has a little something for everyone. It's an ingenious group game that incorporates trivia, charades, Pictionary, name-that-tune, and other games, so there should be at least one aspect of this game at which everyone can excel. It taps into intellect and creativity in a way that can draw people together and provide some friendly competition, too. It can be a little complicated for some people, though. But for those who like to express their creativity and aren't too self-conscious, this is a great board game to play. (And it can provide a creative outlet, which can be a nice antidote to stress.)


Trademark Games

This is a great group game that can be played strategically or basically, can incorporate larger or smaller groups, and can go on for a short or long amount of time. The game itself isn't extremely challenging, and there's plenty of waiting between turns (unless you play with only one or two other people), but this supplies a nice backdrop for conversations to flourish. It's great with some wine and chocolate – a nice, low-key game. (And, as long as you have your wine and chocolate in moderation, they can be nice for inspiring relaxation.)

Rock Band


This group game is another game I love to play with friends. It incorporates music and can be played both competitively and cooperatively. You don't get to know each other as well as when you play games that ask personal questions or encourage discussion by being low-key, but it's a great way to share a fun evening with a group of any age. You do, however, need a game console, a space to play, and friends who are somewhat laid-back. (This game can help relieve stress by providing some of the benefits of music, and by encouraging a sense of "flow," which can be quite relaxing.)

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