40th birthday wishes mark a big milestone — turning the dreaded age of 40 — making it official that the birthday boy or girl is now middle-aged, which can make it hard to write the right birthday message for any 40 year old.
The right 40th birthday wishes strike the right balance between celebrating the joy of life at 40 and championing "middle age" with style. On this page, you'll find examples of birthday messages that make turning 40 a celebration.
40th Birthday Wishes for Family, Friends & Lovers
What should you write in a 40th birthday card or eCard? For the soon-to-be 40-year-old birthday boy or girl, turning 40 is akin to entering middle age and, even worse, the dreaded "midlife crisis" zone.
Funny, inspirational and/or thoughtful 40th birthday wishes can help smooth the way, making the birthday girl or boy feel younger at heart and even look forward to the fortysomethings on his or her 40th birthday.
The best 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 will make your loved one feel the joy and wonder of the 40s.
May all the dreams you've ever had in the last 39 years start to be fulfilled on your 40th birthday!
You're no longer 30-something. You're now a 40-somebody! It's time to make your 40th birthday a real humdinger!
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, so long to your 30s. May they rest in peace! Say hello, howdy, bonjour, buenos dias, 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!
Happy birthday to someone who is still young, alive and kicking! You really have to stop kicking everyone — you're 40, for goodness sake.
Joy begins at 40. Happy birthday.
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 birthday! You simply look amazing. In all fairness, start aging like a normal person and give the rest of us a break.
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! 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.
There's a bright side to hitting 40. It's definitely better than the alternative — turning 41. Have a happy 40th!
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It’s not your 40th birthday we're celebrating today — it’s actually the second anniversary of your 39th birthday. Happy 40th birthday!
Life is short. Now that you're 40, it's even shorter. Happy 40th birthday!
Happy birthday! At 40, you gain a whole new view on life — courtesy
of your new bifocals.
Don't think of 40 as halfway to 80 and oblivion. In fact, don't think about turning 40 at all. Think about all the things you can do at 40 that you never had a chance to do before.
The 40s may be the new 20s, but certain things don't change: 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 everything you expect but it will certainly give you a wheel around your waistline. Let the good times roll. Happy 40th birthday.
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!
With all the beauty and joy you've brought your family and friends the first 40 years of your life, your future is bound to be filled with all the joy and beauty in the world. I guarantee it.
At 40, you've come a long way on your journey. It’s now okay to sometimes sit on your laurels. You can even lie down on your laurels…on a comfortable hammock. Happy birthday.
Be upbeat, even proud, when you tell people that you're “middle aged.” At least you aren't “end-aged.” 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.
Whenever you start feeling sorry for your 40-year-old self, just remember you're really not 40 at all — you’re actually 39 +1 ! Happy 39th + 1 birthday.
On your 40th birthday, I wish three things for you: looks to impress your lovers, energy to keep up to them and, if the first two wishes fail you, lots of money to close the deal! Happy 40th birthday!
Now's the perfect time to promise yourself you'll live life to the fullest in the years to come. Happy 40th!
Power to the people...over 40...right on! Hoping you grab the power, starting on your 40th birthday.
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Happy birthday! Great things happen at 40, especially to someone like you. You know precisely what you want in life...and you have the courage to go get it.
You definitely don't look a day over 39! Happy 40th birthday!
40 agrees with you. Here's to you getting the next 40 years to agree with you. Happy 40th birthday!
You're still fabulous at 40. May you stay fab for years to come! Happy 40th birthday!
Happy birthday! Nobody looks as amazing as you do at your age — you're ruining 40 for the rest of us.
Happy 40th birthday! I hope whatever you do to look and act so young is contagious — and I catch it.
40 is not middle age. It's the adolescence of middle age. Happy 40th birthday.
For some people, turning 40 is all about whitening your teeth, coloring your hair and dowsing yourself in anti-wrinkle cream. For you, it should be about accepting your awesomeness (because you're awesome just the way you are). Happy 40th birthday.
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.
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 birthday! Although you're not a kid anymore at 40, don’t ever neglect the kid in you. Take him out now and again for some quality time.
Hitting 40 is a major milestone, so you have two options: milk it for what it's worth or lie about your age until you can get a senior discount out of it. Happy 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 spark, a way forward with no end in sight. Happy 40th birthday!
Stay young at heart and make time to play, even if your age indicates otherwise. Happy 40th birthday!
Happy 40th birthday! May you have the courage to start a new chapter in your life, live by the words you write in it and keep turning every page.
Happy birthday! So what if you're 40 now. Be thankful that you aren't 40 in dog years.
Stay fabulous at 40 and you'll be fabulous at 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 and beyond. Happy 40th birthday!
Bravo on turning 40. Hoping you have a fabulous special day.
Many happy, healthy and heartfelt returns on your 40th birthday
Our warmest wishes for a truly happy and healthy 40th birthday.
Happy 40th birthday. 40 never looked so fine, fabulous and fun!
Congrats on the 25th anniversary of your 15th birthday! Here’s to many more birthdays (oops, I mean anniversaries).
Happy 40th birthday! Here’s to turning into the fabulous femme fatale you are.
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.
Lordy, lordy, look who doesn't look 40! Here's to many more fabulous years.
40 means that you have many more years to make your favorite mistakes all over again. Happy 40th birthday!
Wishing you a truly wonderful birthday. Remember, you’re not 40. You’re 39, plus tax (on your body).
Turning 40 is more than a celebration. It's a fresh start! Happy 40th birthday.
Your life is a movie and your 40s are only Act II, the best part of any story. Hoping you have an incredible 40th birthday!
Happy birthday. You’re not 40 years old? You’re a perfect "10" for the fourth time!
Happy 40th birthday. Enjoy every second of your 40s. They're not like your 20s. They're twice as good!
How do you say "Happy Birthday" to someone turning 40?
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? This depends 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. 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's on the mind of your average 40 year old? The answer may help you write the right message!
Recently, I came across two interesting Huffington Post articles about turning 40: Life begins at 40 and Why I choose not to round up in life. Both articles show how 40-year-old men and women think, which should help you write the best birthday message for your loved turning 40:
Kevin, the "Message Guy" who writes the birthday wishes, quotes, poems, toasts and speeches for this site, has been a professional writer, editor and translator for more than 25 years. He decided to create BirthdayMessages.net in 2012 to share his passion for birthday and "unbirthday" quotes on the best day of the year — your birthday.