80th birthday wishes should honor your loved
one’s eight decades on this planet — no easy feat. My birthday messages for 80
year olds pay the right tribute.
Message Guy Tip #45
80 is a major milestone birthday. For some 80 year olds, every ache is cause for concern. For others, there is only contentment. In other words, some 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.
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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.
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
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, I want to receive this wish. 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.