Happy 40th birthday wishes mark a big milestone — turning the age of 40 — making it official that the birthday boy or girl is now middle-aged. This can make it hard to write the right birthday message for any 40 year old.
Need ideas? On this page, get inspired by more than 150 examples of birthday messages that pay tribute to turning 40.
What are the best 40th birthday wishes to write in a birthday card? For the birthday boy or girl, turning 40 is akin to entering middle age and, even worse, the dreaded "midlife crisis" zone.
My favorite 40th birthday wishes celebrate the milestone of turning 40 with the perfect mix of humor, insight and encouragement. Below, find examples of 40th birthday wishes that you can change or combine to make your loved ones feel the joy and wonder of the forties.
May all the dreams you've ever had in your life start to come gloriously true on your 40th birthday!
You're no longer 30-something. You're now a 40-somebody! It's time to make your 40th birthday an epic event (because it is one)!
Wishing you not only a deliriously happy 40th birthday but also a lifetime of immense joy, inner peace and true success!
Happy birthday! Hoping your 40s will feel incredibly new and exciting like your 20s — only doubly so!
Sure, your 30s are over. Good riddance, I say. The 40s are going to be so much better...in every way. So enjoy your 40th!
You and wine have plenty in common. Like wine, you get more and more delicious every year — certainly more priceless. Now let's celebrate your 40th birthday!
Say goodbye, adieu, adios, arrivederci, cheerio, sayonara, au revoir or so long to your 30s. May they rest in peace! Say hello, howdy, bonjour, buenos dias or what's up to 40! Long live the 40s.
Life does begin at forty. Your kids may not think so, but what do they know anyway? Your 40th birthday is a new beginning! It's the perfect time to reinvent yourself!
Joy begins at 40. Happy birthday.
Happy 40th birthday! The older you get, the younger you look for your age. At this rate, you're going to soon start getting carded at bars and casinos.
Happy birthday! Even at 40, you look half your age. You should really bottle up and sell whatever you're doing to stay so incredibly young-looking.
Happy 40th birthday! You simply look amazing. In all fairness, start aging like a normal person and give the rest of us a break.
You may not be getting any younger but because you dance to your own beat, you'll forever be young at heart. Happy 40th birthday!
Happy birthday! At 40, your body may not always do what you want it to do but your mind is as sharp as ever. That's why you should only exercise your mind, not your body.
Don't think of 40 as old. Think about all the things you can do at 40 that you never had a chance to do before.
When you turn 40, get out of your comfort zone to fulfill a dream you've always had. That's how you can make your life really begin at 40.
At 40, may all your past worries and problems vanish. May you go beyond the “you've been-there-done-that” refrain and try some new things. Happy 40th!
It’s true what they say: life does indeed start at 40. With most of life’s trials and tribulations behind you, you can begin to enjoy all the dues you've paid, relax and smell the flowers. Savor your 40th birthday!
Happy 40th birthday. With all the seeds of joy you've planted in the lives of others, happiness is sure to blossom and spring eternal in yours.
Happy 40th birthday. Like any single malt scotch whiskey aged for 40 years, it took you four decades to become the rare treat you are. Cheers.
Be upbeat, even proud, when you tell people that you're 40. You have decades of unforgettable memories to share and yet to create. Happy 40th birthday!
Here's to your 40 amazing years on earth. You have spread so much joy, wonder and love around your world. May you continue on your merry way. Happy 40th birthday!
Congratulations, stunner! You gone through 40 years of your life looking amazing! May you remain the fairest of all the rest of your life. Have a beautiful 40th birthday.
Now's the perfect time to promise yourself you'll live life to the fullest in the years to come. Happy 40th birthday!
Happy birthday! Great things happen at 40, especially to someone like you. You know precisely what you want out of life and you have the courage to go get it.
You're still fabulous at 40. May you stay fab for years to come! Happy 40th birthday!
Happy 40th birthday! You are officially wiser, more experienced, and, of course, even more awesome!
40 is not middle age. It's the adolescence of middle age. You're just getting started. You're not old by a long shot. Happy 40th birthday.
Happy 40th birthday! Nobody deserves to look as amazing as you do at your age. You're ruining 40 for the rest of us.
Turning 40 is not the end of your story. It's a fresh start! Happy 40th birthday.
If the first 40 years of your life are any indication, the next 40 should bring you even more joy, prosperity and love! Happy birthday!
Happy 40th birthday. Although you're not a kid anymore at 40, don't forget to take your inner child out now and again for some quality time.
Many happy, healthy and heartfelt returns on your 40th birthday.
At 40, it’s not too late to make your dreams come true. You’ve only just begun to live life your way. Happy 40th birthday!
When it comes to you, age is more than a number. It's a celebration, a beginning, a second chance, a way forward with no end in sight. Happy 40th birthday!
Stay young at heart and make time to play, even if your age makes you think otherwise. Happy 40th birthday!
Happy 40th birthday. Turning 40 never looked as fine, fabulous and fun as it does on you.
Happy 40th birthday! May you have the courage to turn the page, start a new chapter in your life and always be as good as your word.
Our warmest wishes for a truly happy and healthy 40th birthday.
Happy birthday! You’re not 40. You're actually 20 with 20 years of beautiful experience.
Wishing you the happiest of 40th birthdays! This is when the easy life begins. Enjoy every second.
Lordy, lordy, look who doesn't look 40! Here's to many more age-defying years.
If your life were a movie, your fortysomethings would only be Act II, the most exciting part of any story. Here's to an blockbuster 40th birthday!
Happy birthday. You’re not 40 years old. You’re a perfect "10" for the fourth time in a row!
Happy 40th birthday. Enjoy every second of your 40s. They're not like your 20s. They're twice as good!
40th Birthday Quotes
“Middle age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you.”
- Ogden Nash
“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it."
- Mandy Hale
“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”
- Madeleine L’Engle
"At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don't care what they think of us..."
- Ann Landers
“The great thing about getting older is that you get a chance to tell the people in your life who matter, what they mean to you.”
- Mike Love
“You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair.”
- Frank Crane
“The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it.”
- Doris Day
“I can honestly say I love getting older. Then again, I never put my glasses on before looking in the mirror.”
- Cherie Lunghi
“Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.”
- Frank Lloyd Wright
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
- George Bernard Shaw
“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”
- Franz Kafka
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
- E.E. Cummings
“Age has given me what I was looking for my entire life - it has given me me...I have the life I longed for. I have become the woman I hardly dared imagine I would be.”
- Anne Lamott
“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”
- Henry David Thoreau
“Getting older is fine. There is nothing you can do to stop it, so you might as well stay on the bus.”
- John Byrne
“As I started getting older, I realized, ‘I’m so happy!’ I didn’t expect this! I wasn’t happy when I was young.”
- Jane Fonda
“O, elixir of youth, thy name is hair dye.”
- E.A. Bucchianeri
"Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.”
- Mandy Hale
“...At a certain age we learned to see right through it, and that age is now.”
- Anna Quindlen
“Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”
- Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
40th Birthday Wishes - Friend -
What should you write in a 40th birthday card for your friends? Be a great pal and make them feel wonderful about turning 40 and, of course, about themselves with the right 40th birthday greetings.
The best 40th birthday wishes for friends turn the fortysomethings into a major celebration. Below are examples of 40th birthday messages that should get you started on the right track.
Happy 40th birthday to my best friend! Thanks for all the times you've been there for me. Just thought you should know you're the best.
Happy 40th birthday, BFF! May your special day and the rest of your life bring you only true joy and wonder! Yes, there is life after 40.
Have a wonderful 40th birthday, my dearest friend. This is a milestone moment, so enjoy every unforgettable second of it.
Happy 40th birthday. As my dear friend, I will conveniently forget your age but, rest assured, I will never forget you.
Happy 40th birthday, my pal. Be happy today. Be happy always.
Happy 40th birthday. Yes, turning 40 is the beginning of a new chapter in your life, but it's not the last one, by far. Let a whole new adventure unfold. Yours will be a bestseller.
Happy 40th birthday. My friend, say goodbye to the thirties. That decade is nothing compared to the fortysomethings. The next 10 years of your life are going to be amazing.
Happy 40th birthday. Pave the way for your future. It's going to be epic, knowing you.
Today, you turned 40 years old! Who would have thought all those years ago that we would still be friends, let alone best friends. But we are. And I'm so glad!
Happy 40th birthday. I consider myself the luckiest person alive to have a friend like you.
Happy 40th birthday. I'm blessed to call you my friend, and I will never forget this fact. May your blessings in life be as wonderful as you are!
It's your big day! You’re turning the big 4-0! Treat yourself to a milestone celebration. You deserve every second of joy coming your way.
Happy 40th birthday. You are the best friend everybody would love to have. I'm lucky I get to call you my friend.
Happy 40th birthday. May you have many more, and may each one be as wonderful as you are as my friend!
Congrats, my dear friend. You are turning 40 today. That may not feel like a major accomplishment in life, but it is. Enjoy every moment of your special day and the fortysomethings.
Happy 40th birthday. Today, I am thankful that I have you as my friend. I would do anything for you.
Happy 40th birthday! My friend, you are still one of a kind! The best kind. I guarantee that your fortysomethings will be the best years of your life.
Happy 40th birthday, buddy. Don't worry about the future. It will be as bright as you make every room you walk into.
Happy 40th birthday to the kindest person I know. You're an inspiration to all your friends, especially me. I know that you will redefine the fortysomethings, making them epic.
Happy 40th birthday! You are still a joy to be with, even after all these years we've been friends. Here’s to 40 more years of joy.
Happy 40th birthday! My dearest friend, welcome to the fortysomethings. It’s so much better than you ever imagined.
Happy 40th birthday to a beautiful person, both inside and out. Your light shines beautifully, even more so after all these years we've known each other. Keep on shining.
Happy 40th birthday! You are a great friend to everyone. You have our backs in bad times. You celebrate our joy in good times. You are truly one in a trillion.
40th Birthday Wishes - Brother or Sister -
What are the best 40th birthday wishes for your sister or brother? My favorite are birthday greetings that not only celebrate his or her milestone moment, but also celebrate him or her as your brother or sister, your close friend, your mentor or your confidant.
To get started, look at original examples of 40th birthday wishes below. You can use, change or combine them to your liking. Keep in mind that you can change brother, bro and brothers to sister, sis and sisters — or vice versa — in the following samples.
Happy 40th birthday. I could not ask for a better brother than you. But I can ask the Universe to make sure you have the best birthday ever.
Happy 40th birthday. You support me when I'm down. You celebrate me when I'm up. You're always there for me. You're the best sister anybody could ever want. I love you. Just know I will always be there for you, too.
Happy 40th birthday. You can make me laugh, when nobody else can. You understand me, when nobody else even tries. I'm honored to call you family. You are one of a kind. And I love you for it.
Happy 40th birthday. For as long as I can remember, you've always been someone I can count on. I'm lucky to have you as my brother. You are special.
Happy 40th birthday to my dear sister and one of my closest friends. I'm glad Mom and Dad made you. My life would suck without you.
Nobody deserves to have a more enjoyable 40th birthday than you, dear brother. You always make everybody else's days brighter. You are always a joy to be around.
Happy 40th birthday. You always have a smile on your face and love in your heart. You bring happiness and kindness wherever you go. Just thought I'd mention it.
Happy 40th birthday. Enjoy your big day! Make it epic. You deserve only the best of special days, because you're so special.
Wow, you’re 40! When we were younger, I never dreamed of the day we would both have gray hair and laugh lines. Now that we're here today, I'm just glad we have hair and still know how to laugh.
Happy 40th birthday, sis. Ever since you were born, we've been more than sisters. We've been best friends. I could not have asked for a better BFF to take this journey we call family.
Happy 40th birthday. I'm here to remind you that time is of essence, so enjoy second of your big day. This is a big deal, mostly because it's for you, my dear brother.
May your 40th birthday celebration be so epic that you don't remember it tomorrow.
Happy 40th birthday. Turning 40 is not so bad. In your case, it just means that you're 40 times as cool, smart, beautiful, funny and kind as you were the day you were born. And I should know. I was there.
Happy 40th birthday. There's nothing bad about turning 40, now that you, my dear sister, have joined the 40 Club. You make everything better.
Happy 40th birthday. Hey bro, remember when we used to dread turning 40. Well, I'm just glad we're both here to dread it, together.
Happy 40th birthday. Congratulations, sis, you’re officially middle aged! Now you can start enjoying all the stuff you've worked so hard to get. These will be the best years of your life.
Happy 40th birthday. Now that you've survived the first 40 years of your journey, probably some of the hardest years of your life, it's time to do less surviving and more enjoying. Take it from your older sister.
Happy 40th birthday. Sis, the secret to staying young is not to deny (or even lie about) your age. It's embracing every wonderful second of your fortysomethings, soon to be the best years of your life.
Happy 40th birthday. Sis, you are still as beautiful as ever. You are what we call FORTY-LICIOUS!
Happy 40th birthday, bro. Now that you're 40, it's the perfect time to check things off your bucket list. That's what mid life is for. Start enjoying...everything!
Happy 40th birthday. Celebrating this milestone moment is a testament to your wonderfulness! It just proves that great things happen to great people.
40th Birthday Wishes - Son or Daughter -
What type of 40th birthday wishes should you write for your son or daughter? The best birthday greetings do two things: they not only mark his or her milestone moment and all the ways your son or daughter has grown over the years, but also give you, as a parent, the opportunity to show how much you love and admire him or her.
For inspiration, take a look at the unique examples of 40th birthday wishes below. You can use, change or combine them to your liking. Bear in mind that you can change daughter to son, I to we, our to my or me to us — or vice versa — in the following samples.
Happy 40th birthday! We're so proud of you. You've turned into a kind, loving grownup!
Happy 40th birthday! I’m so blessed to have you as my son. You have always made me so proud!
Happy 40th birthday! Dear daughter, my remarkable child, the fortysomethings will be amazing...like you.
Happy 40th birthday! Your thirties were amazing for you. I cannot wait to see what you'll accomplish in your forties. Knowing you, it will be awesome.
Happy 40th birthday! I have loved you with an intensity I never thought possible from the moment you were born. Now I love you 40 gazillion times more.
Happy 40th birthday! I love you more every day. You are the world's most lovable son.
Happy 40th birthday! You don't hear say it all the time, but I'm always thinking it: I'm so proud of the remarkable individual you've become.
Happy 40th birthday! Wishing you a birthday with all joy and wonder you deserve and a decade full of all the great things life has to offer.
Happy 40th birthday! Ever since the moment you were born 40 years ago, you've been one in a million. Today, you're one of a kind.
Happy 40th birthday! I’m so fortunate to have you as my daughter. You’re the world's best kid. I love you and I know you'll be even better person in the decades ahead.
Happy 40th birthday! We love you. You can always depend on us to support you through your forties and forever.
Happy 40th birthday! You are our top VIP. And you'll only become more VIP in our hearts in your 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond.
Happy 40th birthday! For any mom or dad, the most wonderful thing to behold is your daughter's transformation into a beautiful, smart, loving woman. Today, you're all those things and so much more. We are incredibly proud of you. And we love you more than we can ever express.
Happy 40th birthday! At 40, you're as amazing as you were as a baby. May you have all the love and joy you bring me every day (and that's so much).
Happy 40th birthday! Today, you are a full-fledged adult. You've turned out to be a wonderful person who never disappoints anyone, least of all me. You are so special.
Happy 40th birthday! Your birthday is the single most important day of the year for us. After all, it's the day that you were born and made our lives sparkle. With you, the future is always brighter.
Happy 40th birthday! Thank you for making my journey a beautiful, happy adventure. May your fortysomethings be filled with the endless joy and beauty that you bring to our lives every day.
Happy 40th birthday! I have only one birthday wish for you: I hope that your forties and beyond are the best years you ever have, because you are the best thing to happen to anybody, especially me.
Happy 40th birthday! Hoping your special day brings you a big smile and the rest of your life brings you big joy.
Happy 40th birthday! I thank God every day for his gift of love and happiness: you.
Happy 40th birthday! Today, you turn 40. May you only know the joy, wonder, wisdom and love that comes with getting older. This is what we want you, our dear son, now and forever.
40th Birthday Wishes - Romantic -
What type of romantic 40th birthday wishes should you write for your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife? My favorites go right to the heart of the matter: love.
Choose 40th birthday wishes that show how and why you love your significant other. For some ideas, take a look at the 40th birthday wishes below. Do not hesitate to use them "as is" if these birthday greetings work for you.
If any of the 40th birthday wishes in this section almost hit the mark, combine them into a birthday message that's right for you.
Happy 40th birthday! You are more than the love of my life. You are my soulmate. I'm so glad we found each other.
Happy 40th birthday! I love every aspect of our life together. We are true soulmates in love.
Happy 40th birthday! There's nothing I don't love about you, even after all these years. Every day is a love story with you.
Happy 40th birthday! You make my life complete. I lack for nothing with you in my life. I have all the joy and love I need and want.
Happy 40th birthday! You make every second of every day a celebration of love, joy and wonder. I love you more than I could ever put into words or action.
Happy 40th birthday! I don't even want to fathom what my life (or what I) would become without you. You are my life. I love you madly.
Happy 40th birthday! You are my soulmate in love and life. Life is a wonderful, soulful adventure with you.
Happy 40th birthday! You are my heart and soul. You are all the best things life has to offer, rolled up into one beautiful person. I love you incredibly.
Happy 40th birthday! Celebrating your big day is the biggest event of the year for me. It's the day your Mom and Dad delivered an angel into my life.
Happy 40th birthday! You are beauty personified. Everything about exudes beauty, from your soul to your heart. Our life is beautiful because of you.
Happy 40th birthday! With you by my side, I can conquer every day with love, joy and wonder. I love the way you make me feel day and night. I love you.
Happy 40th birthday! My life is heaven on earth with you in my world. Let's make your big day as heavenly as you are, my angel.
Happy 40th birthday! You are love. Love is you. I love you. You love me. Our world is full of love, and always will be.
Happy 40th birthday! My morning doesn’t start without your smile. My afternoon doesn't count until I hear your voice. My night doesn't start without you by my side. I want to be with you, whenever, however and wherever. I love you.
Happy 40th birthday! When I met you, I knew I would never meet someone as warm, loving and beautiful as you. You are my soulmate, no doubt about it.
Happy 40th birthday! The easiest thing I've done in my life was falling deeply in love with you. The best thing? Loving you every day.
Happy 40th birthday! You are more than my soulmate. You are my best friend, confidant, partner and savior. My life without you would be devoid of all the love we share.
Happy 40th birthday! I'm no poet but I know if I had to write a love sonnet I could, just thinking about all the times we've had and all the wonderful memories we have yet to create together. Ours is a true love story.
Happy 40th birthday! Loving you is my purpose in life. I'm here to love you every day, every night, for eternity.
Happy 40th birthday to you, my greatest love. Our love conquers all. And always will.
Happy 40th birthday! Sweetheart, I love you. You're the reason I have a lovely smile on my face, endless love in my heart and a love song in my soul!
40th Birthday Wishes - Funny -
When is the right time to use funny 40th birthday wishes for family or friends? You should only take the funny route if the birthday guy or gal can laugh at themselves.
Your funny 40th birthday wishes should not contain offensive jokes — just some tongue-in-cheek humor. To get you started, take a look at the 40th birthday greetings below.
Happy 40th birthday. We hope that you can blow out all 40 birthday candles on your cake before we need to call the fire department.
Happy 40th birthday. At this age, if you feel old, you may be right.
Happy 40th birthday. I know what you would like as your birthday gift — TLC (ten less candles).
Happy birthday to someone who is still alive and kicking! You really have to stop kicking everyone. You're 40, for goodness sake.
Life is short. Now that you're 40, it's even shorter. Happy 40th birthday!
Happy 40th birthday! At your age, you gain a whole new view on life — courtesy of your new bifocals.
40 is definitely the new 20: At 20, you're young and stupid. At 40, you think you're young, which makes you do stupid things. Happy 40th birthday!
Turning 40 may not get you that sports car you always wanted but it will certainly give you a new spare tire — around your waistline. Let the good times roll. Happy 40th birthday.
It’s not your 40th birthday we're celebrating today — it’s actually the second anniversary of your 39th birthday. Happy anniversary!
40 agrees with you. Here's to getting the next 40 years to agree with you. Happy 40th birthday!
Happy 40th birthday! I hope whatever you do to look and act so young is contagious — and I catch it.
There's only one way to age gracefully at 40 and it's doesn't come out of a bottle or from a scalpel: it comes from adding 10 years to your age, so you always look a decade younger.
Happy 40th birthday! So what if you're 40 now. Be thankful that you aren't 40 in dog years.
Congrats on the 10th anniversary of your 30th birthday! Here’s to many more birthdays (oops, I mean anniversaries).
40 means that you have many more years to make the same mistakes all over again. Happy 40th birthday!
Wishing you a truly wonderful birthday. Remember, you’re not 40. You’re 39, plus tax (mostly on your body).
Happy birthday. At 40, you've come a long way on your journey. It’s now okay to sometimes sit on your laurels. In fact, you can even lie down on your laurels (preferably in a comfortable hammock).
Happy 40th birthday! This just proves the adage that you’re never too old to be a child.
Happy 40th birthday! Let’s raise a glass to your 40th. Here’s to prune juice!
Happy 40th birthday! You've reached the age when you begin to suffer from the dreaded VPLs (visible panty lines), even when you're wearing no panties.
Happy 40th birthday. At 20, it's a pain to get carded at a bar. At 40, it's a pleasure. Here's to getting carded!
Hints & Tips
How do you write 40th birthday wishes?
Turning 40 is a major milestone. It can be tough for some people — because it means they’re now middle-aged. For this reason, figuring out what message to write can be difficult.
So what are the best 40th birthday wishes for the 40-year-old birthday boy or girl? Should you be sentimental? Inspirational? Funny? The type of 40th birthday wishes you choose to write should depend on three factors.
First, you need to look inside and determine what you want to say in your 40th birthday wishes. This is a little harder than it sounds. You must decide what and how you want to express about turning 40 (whether or not you've actually turned 40 yourself).
If you want to make light of becoming middle aged, take the funny route with your 40th birthday wishes. If you want to be serious about turning 40, you can opt for a sentimental or inspirational greeting. If you have no thoughts about this milestone, pick a generic "Happy Birthday" message. Bottom line: This decision takes a little bit of introspection, so take the time to think about your feelings.
The second factor, while easy to navigate, is probably just as important as what you want to say: it's the personality of the birthday boy or girl. Accordingly, go the funny route with people who can laugh at themselves. With your 40th birthday wishes, be serious with anyone who is easily offended by jokes or is in serious need of inspiration.
The third factor — the background of the birthday boy or girl — is often overlooked. Here, you have to consider his or her religious beliefs, lifestyle, income bracket, education and other personal matters, which could influence how he or she takes your 40th birthday wishes.
With the different types of 40th birthday wishes on this page, you'll be able to find many examples you can use as inspiration for your birthday message. Feel free to combine them, change them or use "as is" to make your loved one feel absolutely amazing about turning 40.
What does the average 40 year old want to hear from you?
Recently, I came across two interesting Huffington Post articles about turning 40 that show how 40-year-old men and women think, which should help you write 40th birthday wishes that anyone turning 40 would want to hear from you.
Kevin, the "Message Guy" who writes the birthday wishes, quotes, poems, toasts and speeches on BirthdayMessages.net, has been a content writer since 1993. He created this site in 2012 to share the power of words with you on one of the best days of the year — the birthday of a loved one.