Cool birthday wishes have an indefinable aura of coolness that's instantly recognizable. You'll recognize that rare quality in the cool birthday messages here.
If "cool" is what you think will make the birthday boy or girl feel special on his or her special day, do not select a cool birthday message that is too cold for him or her.
Instead, choose a cool birthday greeting that also contains the right dose of sentimentality (not too little or too much), something that truly and warmly expresses your feelings.
Message Guy Tip #86: How to pick cool birthday wishes
When something's cool, you know it almost immediately. But "cool" seems to be an indefinable quality. It's "something" you cannot easily explain, no matter how much you try.
Birthday wishes can be cool. What gives them their coolness? Good question but it's hard to answer since a birthday message's aura of "coolness" also seems to defy definition. Two researchers, though, have cracked the code, so to speak, defining what makes things cool. Read more ►
The definition? "Coolness is a subjective, positive trait perceived in people, brands, products and trends that are autonomous in an appropriate way."
Basically, "cool has something to do with being autonomous or independent, without crossing the line of being too freaky, the researchers found." They believe that "coolness is akin to creativity and uniqueness and that's something many of us desire." Ultimately, "things are cool only to the extent that others consider them cool."
The researchers say that "there are also infinite ways to be uncool, but that the following three factors guarantee an uncool status:
Being too normal
Being too strange
Liking uncool people or things"
This explains why Lorde's acne is cool — because it's autonomous in an appropriate way that others consider cool. It also indicates why Miley's twerking isn't cool — because it's too freaky.
So what makes cool birthday wishes cool? They possess a certain "uniqueness" that falls somewhere between "too normal" and "too strange." This uniqueness can come from an ingenious pun, witty turn of phrase, clever thought or a fanciful poetic image. The cool birthday wishes on this page have this unique aura of coolness. Choose one that comes closest to your idea of cool since, after all, things are cool only to the extent that you consider them cool.
What you need to do is to pick a birthday message that's not too cool for you or the recipient of your birthday greeting. Why? Because a birthday wish that's too cool can come off as cold (as in the "unfeeling" version of cold). Not good. What's better is to just select a cool birthday wish that cleverly expresses how you feel about the birthday boy or girl.
Showing your feelings to the people you love — now that's pretty cool.
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On your birthday and unbirthdays, may your greatest pain be champagne and your greatest ache chocolate cake.
Happy birthday! May your journey through life take you as far as your drive and as close as your loved ones.
You're much too young at heart to be this old. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday. You're not really one year older — you're actually one day older than yesterday.
The past is a faded, far-off reverie of moments. May your tomorrows be only flights of fancy that come beautifully and wonderfully true. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday! Wishing you the hindsight to be thankful for your past, the foresight to be grateful for your birthday and the insight to welcome tomorrow.
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 famous quotes on the best day of the year — your birthday.