Message Guy Tip #45: How to pick 80th birthday wishes
80 is a major milestone birthday. For some 80 year olds, every ache is cause for concern. For others, there is only contentment. Depending on the outlook of your birthday boy or girl, what type of birthday message should you choose? It depends...
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Some 80 year olds see the glass half-empty and some half-full. The best message to write depends on how your birthday boy or girl sees life.
For "glass half-empty" octogenarians (people in their eighties), a little bit of cynicism can go a long way.
For this type of 80 year old, you need to be selective when it comes to the 80th birthday wishes you choose to send.
A "happy" or "sentimental" message would just seem phony to "glass half-empty" octogenarians and are likely to make them cringe.
An "inspirational" message, though lower on the cringe scale, would probably come off as too preachy for this group.
The best type of 80th birthday wishes would be "funny," "cool" or "clever" ones, mainly because they are a little more realistic in nature and have just the right degree of cynicism.
The "glass half-full" crowd is easier to please.
Any type of birthday wish (happy, sentimental, inspirational, funny, cool or clever) would work for them, as long as it has an upbeat message.
The best out of the whole lot would be an inspirational birthday greeting, since it comes closest to their positive outlook on life.
For the "half-full" crowd, there are many inspiring articles that may give you food for thought, especially if you want to add a personal thought or two to one of my 80th birthday messages. The best piece I've read appeared on irishexaminer.com in November 2014, called 80 is the new 50. If you have a minute or so, you can check out the article right here.
If you can't decide whether the special octogenarian in your life is the glass half-empty or half-full type...
Here, the safest route to take is a “happy” message. Should you be philosophical or inspirational? Sure but not too much because you never know how cynical the recipient may be in private. Funny? Only if the birthday girl or boy can take a joke at their expense.
Of course, you could always choose an option below that strikes the perfect balance between all these styles for your eight-decade old loved one. ◄ Read less
Wishing you an absolutely amazing 80th birthday (amazing just like you).
It only took you 80 years to look so good, so happy and so young. Happy 80th birthday!
Happy 80th birthday! You seem so young that I can honestly believe you're turning 20 for the fourth time.
Hope your 80th birthday is a wonderful celebration of the amazing you.
Happy 80th birthday. You don't look a day over your 70th birthday, let alone a decade.
Happy birthday! Time definitely flies when you're having the time of your life. I bet you can't believe you're already 80. I definitely can't — you look and act so young for your age.
Message Guy Pick
When I turn 80 and, I hope, still chasing dreams and rainbows, I want to receive the wish below for my birthday. Why?
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This is one of my top picks because it pokes fun at the whole “is the new” writing gimmick and celebrates the unbridled optimism of the “glass half-full” crowd of 80 year olds. And it does it all very cleverly (and humorously). ◄ Read less
Happy 80th birthday! You're the best example of 80 being the new 60.