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I am sending loads of good wishes for your fast recovery and good health. I wish Take this token from me, a basket full of love and happiness from someone so .

The French really know how to celebrate New Year's. Indeed, New Year's in France is not just a day, or a day and an evening, but an entire season. Saying "Happy New Year" in French involves knowing basic New Year's greetings as well as learning French New Year's greetings related to the season.

Typical French New Year's Greeting

In English, you say "Happy New Year." But the French generally don't say "new" when wishing someone a great year. Instead, in French, you say only "happy year," as in:

  • Bonne année > Happy New Year

The French usually follow this expression with a phrase that literally translates as "have a good health," as in:

  • Bonne santé > Good health to you.

To really understand how to send New Year's greetings, it's helpful to learn that in France, citizens celebrate the New Year's (or holiday) season for more than a month. 

Sending Greetings for the Upcoming Year

The holiday season in France starts with la Saint Nicolas on Dec. 6. The holiday season actually ends on Three Kings Day (l'Epiphanie) when you typically eat une galette des rois (a wafer of kings) on Jan. 6.

Confusing matters even more, it's customary to wait to send out your good wishes for a French happy (new) year until the end of January. These examples show what you might write on greeting cards to your French friends wishing them a happy new year.

  • Toute la famille se joint à moi pour vous souhaiter une joyeuse année 2019: que la santé, l'amour et la réussite vous accompagnent dans tous vos projets. > The whole family joins me in wishing you a joyful year in 2019: Let health, love, and success be with you in all your projects.
  • Une année se termine, une autre la remplace: voici une merveilleuse occasion de vous adresser tous mes vœux de bonheur et de réussite. > A year ends, another one replaces it: Here is a marvelous occasion to send you all my wishes for happiness and success.
  • Je te souhaite une très bonne année 2019, pleine de projets, de rencontres et de belles surprises. > I wish you a very happy 2019, full of projects, encounters, and beautiful surprises.

Putting the "New" in French Happy New Year

Though you don't say "new" when wishing someone a happy new year on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1, you can slip the word in when sending someone a card wishing her well at the end of the holiday season, as in:

  • Tous nos vœux pour cette nouvelle année, ils portent en eux l'expression d'une sincère affection. > All our wishes for this new year. They carry the expression of my deepest friendship.
  • Nous vous envoyons tous nos meilleurs vœux pour la nouvelle année et vous embrassons bien fort. > Sending you all our kisses for the new year.
  • Que te souhaiter de mieux que la santé dans ta vie, la prospérité dans ton travail et beaucoup d'amour tout au long de cette nouvelle année. > What best could we wish you more than health in your life, prosperity in work, and lots of love throughout the New Year?

Page 2 – Quotations and Wishes for Getting Well. Page 3 – Get Well Soon Messages. Get well soon messages when someone is sick, injured, or recovering .

Good Luck and Best Wishes Quotes

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When you’re writing a get well card it’s important to select your words wisely. Your well wishes have the power to aid in someone’s recovery and bring a smile to their face. By shining light on the positives and looking to the future you will make someone feel better with your kind words, but it’s not always easy to know exactly what to say. Before you fill the blank space of your greeting card, you’ll need to consider three things: the person you are writing to, your relationship with them, and the condition they are in. Whether you’re looking for inspirational quotes, get well wishes after surgery, or funny get well wishes to lift spirits, we have you covered with everything you need to know about what to write in a get well card below.

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What To Write In A Get Well Card

Writing thoughtful get well wishes and adding inspiring get well soon quotes to your greeting card is the best way to show someone you are thinking of them during a tough time. Remember that personalization is key and a heartfelt get well soon message can do so much more than any other gift.

1. Use A Warm Greeting To Start Your Get Well Sentiment

Take into consideration who you are writing to as well as circumstance. Both of these details are important and will set the tone for your message. “Dear” is a safe standby, but you can choose to go with a warmer greeting if you are writing to friends, family or others you may have close relationships with.

2. Write A Few Get Well Wishes

Start your card off with well wishes that are specific to what the recipient is going through. Adding statements that instill hope and optimism will be a fundamental part of helping someone heal. Don’t dwell on the negatives, make sure that your wishes stay positive, upbeat and have the power to inspire.

3. Express Your Love In Get Well Messages

If you are close to the card recipient, write a get well saying that expresses your love and gratefulness. Add an anecdote or inside joke that the two of you share to ensure you will bring a smile to their face. It’s also easier to write a funny get well wish and add humor to the greeting card if you and the recipient are close.

4. If Religious, Send Prayers in Get Well Messages

If you share a religious bond with the card recipient, let them know that they are in your prayers. It can be encouraging for someone going through something serious to know that they are in your prayers. Shining light on the faith you share is another way to show your compassion.

5. Use Get Well Quotes

Use quotes to offer encouragement. Change someone’s habits, mind and emotions with an inspirational quote they can identify with during a difficult time. Don’t be afraid to borrow a few words from an award winning author or inspirational figure. Quotes are the perfect way to offer encouragement.

6. Remind Them You’re Thinking of Them

Tell them you’re thinking about them. Letting someone know that they are in your thoughts provides a sense of love and support for someone who is going through a hard time. Comforting words can make all the difference to your get well card message.

7. Be Empathetic

Try to understand this person’s feelings or emotions and make sure that your message and tone reflect that. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes will help you find the right words to say. Avoid overthinking this part of your message and don’t let the fear of saying the wrong thing cause you to say nothing at all. However, do your best to avoid minimizing what the person is going through just because you may be able to relate.

8. Offer Your Support

When someone gets ill or becomes injured, even day to day activities become difficult to do. If you have the time and opportunity to help out in any way, offer to do so in your get well soon card. Some ideas include helping out with meals, cleaning up around the house, offering childcare or anything else that you see fit for the situation. In most situations, people won’t ask for help so you offering to do so is a great way to show that you care. Be specific when you are offering to help out and make sure that you follow through with what you’ve offered.

9. Sign Off With A Warm Closing

You’ll want to close your get well card with a warm closing. For example: “thinking of you”, “take care” and “wishing you healing” are all perfect ways to wrap up your card.

Get Well Wishes

Common get well wishes include mentioning hopes for feeling better, speedy recovery messages, and words that let the card recipient know that you are thinking of them. Short and sweet get well wishes are the perfect thing to write in a get well soon card for any recipient. Use one of the wishes below or try combining a few to create a longer and more meaningful message.

Examples for Get Well Wishes:

  • Feel better soon!
  • Hope you feel better soon.
  • Hoping you find strength with each new day. You are in our thoughts.
  • Have a speedy recovery!
  • I hope each new day brings you closer to a full and speedy recovery!
  • May good health envelop you, spurring a quick recovery.
  • Thinking of you lots and hoping for your speedy recovery.
  • We’re all thinking about you and wishing you a speedy recovery.
  • Hang in there, better days are coming.
  • Hope you feel a little better every day.
  • Sending good, healthy vibes your way.
  • Sending hugs and love!
  • Remember to just take it one day at a time and in no time, you will be completely healthy and smiling once again.
  • You’re in all of our warmest thoughts as you recover from your accident.
  • Best wishes for a little progress and a little encouragement everyday during your recuperation.
  • Best wishes that you will soon be back to doing all the things you love.
  • May the good wishes and warm thoughts of those who care about you send a little cheerfulness into your world and help you feel better.

Religious Get Well Wishes And Verses

Adding religious get well wishes or verses to your get well note is a great way to share your faith and encourage someone in their spirits during difficult times. These well wishes serve as a shining light that can often provide a sense of personal comfort when someone is struggling. Try out one of the religious sentiments below and let your card provide a source of strength to those who could use a few words of encouragement.

Examples of Religious Get Well Wishes:

  • Praying for you!
  • You are in my thoughts and prayers during your time of recovery.
  • As I close my eyes to pray every night, my only request is that God will heal you speedily. I wish you a quick recovery!
  • Thoughtful prayers are being sent your way with the hopes that you will feel better soon.
  • Thinking of you during this time of illness, and praying you will find strength in the Lord and his never ending supply of love.
  • God cares and hears our prayers, and I am praying for you today!
  • Know God promises to give strength when you need it and that we are praying for you to have strength and peace as you face health challenges.
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Wish Anyone Well With These Safe Journey Quotes!

There are lots of ways to wish someone you care about to “have a safe journey”. For some (like Eric), wishing someone a safe flight is a mandatory, superstition-like routine that needs to be done.

Here at Penguin and Pia, we understand what it means to wish someone a safe journey. Our journey together began long distance after we met on Instagram, and until we could live together on either side of the ocean, short visits were the norm for us. This meant “see you laters” and wishing the other person a safe journey often. While it was always difficult, having the right message always made it a little bit better!

So whether you want to send a happy trip message to a friend or happy journey wishes to a boss, here are some safe journey quotes that you can use for your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband – anyone, really!

Generic Safe Journey Quotes

If you need to simple but nice message, these might be for you to use. These might be for a friend, family extended family member, or a boss. Just add on the person’s name or their title and you’ll be good to go!

  • Bon Voyage and get there safe!
  • Safe Travels!
  • Enjoy the journey!
  • The road ahead may be long and winding but you’ll make it there safe and sound.
  • Wishing you a safe journey and a relaxing vacation when you arrive!
  • May your journey be free from stress and bring you home safely. Safe Travels!
  • I wish you didn’t have to go so soon – but I am so glad for the time we had together. Have a safe journey!
  • See ya later, Alligator!

Safe Journey Quotes for Your Loved One

In this section, you’ll find some quotes you can use for your loved one before they head out on their travels – whoever that loved one may be! Check them out:

  • Words cannot describe what you mean to me. So I’ll just tell you “I love you” – and see you again when you return to me soon.
  • I know you haven’t left yet but I already miss you so please just go and come back safe really soon. Okay thanks.
  • I love you to the moon and back – but please don’t go there to test it because then you’ll be gone for even longer!
  • If you’re nervous on your journey, just think about me – because I will absolutely be thinking about you. Travel safe, darling.
  • There’s a strong chance I buy a ticket and just go with you. That’s how badly I want to be together. Please have a safe journey.

If you are looking for other quotes to write to your loved one during your travels, we’ve written a whole post on just couple travel quotes. This means that you get to send an original message most people haven’t heard before.

Quotes About Safe Flights & Airports

Many people still get very worried when they have to fly. This is completely natural – but it’s also important to remember that flying is actually a very safe mode of transportation. There are thousands of flights each and every single day that make it to their final destinations just fine.

  • Have a safe flight – and please let me know when you land!
  • The pilot is going to take great care of you up there – safe flight!
  • Remember, planes actually like to stay in the air. They have lift – so you’re safer in the air anyways! Have a safe flight!
  • May your air be clear, the flight be smooth, the plane be safe, and the sky be blue!
  • I’ll just stand in the airport by the Arrivals terminal until you get back because I can’t wait! Have a safe flight!

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Journey Quotes from Literature or Famous Thinkers

Sometimes, wishing someone a safe journey isn’t quite enough and you need more of a thoughtful, deep message to convey the importance of the trip someone might be taking. Below, we’ve included some of our favourite quotes that are sure to make anyone think and reflect on their journey ahead:

  • “We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” – John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America.
  • “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
  • “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
  • “Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” – Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
  • “It’s the ‘everyday’ experiences we encounter along the journey to who we wanna be that will define who we are when we get there.” – Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip
  • “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
  • “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
  • And of course the ever-so-classic – “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

And there you have it, some of the best safe journey quotes that we can come up with. We understand how difficult it can be to come up with something heartfelt on the spot. Hopefully, this post helps you make that important message a little bit easier! What do you think of this list? Do you have a classic phrase you always say? Get in touch and let us know – we’d love to hear about it!

As always, Happy Safe Journey Waddlin’,
– L&E

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Eric is a Canadian & Hungarian content writer with over 45 countries under his belt. From volunteering in Australia to studying his Master's degree abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, his travel experiences have taken him across the globe. Next to writing on Penguin and Pia, he has been quoted by the BBC, the Travel Channel, USA Today, and Mashable and contributed to companies in the travel space such as Matador, AirHelp, GoOverseas, and Spot.

Learn how to wish people well in Mandarin Chinese, with useful phrases and clear explanations of when to use these expressions, and with.

Well Wishes Sayings and Quotes

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Whether you are invited to propose a toast at a wedding, or simply need to write a greeting card for a friend's birthday, knowing how to wish people well the right way is an important skill you need in everyday life. 

In Mandarin, this is traditionally done through sets of four-character idioms called "祝福语 (zhù fú yǔ)" - the "language of well-wishing."  Like knowing the proper way to address others, expressing good wishes for someone is a key part of mastering Chinese etiquette.

There are specific 祝福语 (zhù fú yǔ) for different occasions and for different people. You wouldn't want to say, "study well and get good grades" to an adult, nor do you want to say, "have many children and grandchildren" to a person who is single.

To help you handle important social situations in Mandarin, in this post we’ll go through the most popular well-wishing phrases for different occasions, explaining what they mean, and how best to use them.

To say to younger people:

"好好学习 (hǎo hào xué xí)" - "study hard and do well."

Doing well in school and getting into a good university is the dream -- and the most important responsibility -- for most Chinese students. As a result, "好好学习 (hǎo hào xué xí)"is one of the most popular phrases used on young people.

"天天向上 (tiān tiān xiàng shàng)" - "improve everyday"

Often used together with "好好学习,""天天向上 (tiān tiān xiàng shàng)" means to improve a little bit every day. Recently, a hilariously literal translation of the phrase -- "Good good study, day day up!" -- has become a popular internet meme.

"永远童真 (yǒng yuǎn tóng zhēn)"- "forever young"

With this phrase, you are wishing someone will always maintain the innocence and liveliness of childhood.

To say to elders:

"福如东海 (fú rú dōng hǎi)"- "bountiful good fortune."

Literally translated, this phrase means "福(fú)"- "good fortune," is "如 (rú)"- "similar," to "东海 (dōng hǎi)" - the" east sea." The good fortune is as vast as the ocean.

"寿比南山 (shòu bǐ nán shān)" - "longevity like the south mountain."

As you might have guessed, this phrase is usually used together with "福如东海 (fú rú dōng hǎi)"to wish one’s elders a long, happy life.

"金玉满堂 (jīn yù mǎn táng)" - "plentiful wealth."

This phrase literally means, "may gold and jade fill your house," but it can also have a secondary meaning describing someone with a wealth of knowledge.  Of course if you’re thinking about giving your Chinese friend a gift of gold and jade, you may want to first brush up on the whole Chinese gift-giving etiquette.

To say to newlyweds:

"新婚愉快 (xīn hūn yú kuài)" - "have a pleasant beginning to your marriage."   

"幸福美满 (xìng fú měi mǎn)" - "happiness and bliss."

These are two generic wedding greetings. If you don't know the couple well, it's best to play it safe with these.

"激情永在 (jī qíng yǒng zài)" - "passion lasting forever."

Chinese culture is still relatively subdued when it comes to concepts like “love” or “passion.” Make sure you know the couple well if you want to use this phrase!

"白头偕老 (bái tóu xié lǎo)"- "grow old together."

This phrase literally means, "to live together and have your hair turn white together."  As much as you may not want to think about your hair turning white, this greeting is actually one of the most traditional and popular ones in China.

"多子多孙 (duō zi duō sūn)" - "many children and grandchildren."

No hidden meaning here: you are literally wishing the two to have many offspring.

Before you head off to that wedding, you may want to check out our blog post about “Wedding Guest Etiquette” and really get ready to impress.

To say to everyone:

Lastly, here are a few versatile greetings that can be used in many occasions.

  • "身体健康 (shēn tǐ jiàn kāng)" - "healthy body."
  • "恭喜发财 (gōng xǐ fā cái)" - "may you be wealthy and prosperous."

This greeting can be used at any time, but is most popular during Chinese New Year to wish people prosperity for the whole year ahead.

  • "心想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng)" - "all your wishes will come true."
  • "万事如意 (wàn shì rú yì)" - "everything going in your favor."

These two phrases are often used together to wish someone good luck.

  • "笑口常开 (xiào kǒu cháng kāi) - "smile and laugh often."

This greeting literally means (xiào)” - "laughter,""口(kǒu)- "mouth,"常(cháng)- "often,"(kāi)” - "open." “May your mouth open often in laughter” - pretty vivid imagery, right?

  • "节日快乐 (jié rì kuài lè)" - "happy holiday"

You can feel free to substitute "节日 (jié rì)"- "holiday" with any specific holiday such as"母亲节 (mǔ qīn jié)" - "Mother's Day," or 生日 (shēng rì) - "birthday."

One last Note

You might have noticed that many of these well-wishing phrases are just...nouns! Therefore, before you use any of these phrases, you should begin with, "祝你... (zhù nǐ)" - "I wish you..." or the formal form "祝您...(zhù nín)."

I wish you "好好学习, 天天向上 (hǎo hào xué xí, tiān tiān xiàng shàng)" as you continue to learn Chinese!

Don't forget to send your get well soon wishes to him or her along with a up someone's home or hospital room with get well soon flowers.

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