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Let’s face it — it can be super tricky when it comes to writing a get-well card for someone who’s feeling under the weather, especially when they’ve probably heard “Get well soon” 100 times already. Most of us are not professional writers — and even the pro can struggle with finding the right words to wish someone a speedy recovery. On the other hand, is it just enough to say “thank you” to every card and message sent to you if you’re on the receiving end?
We’ve put together a collection of messages and quotes so you’re no longer stuck for what to say from both sides. Whether the person has tested Covid positive, been diagnosed with a serious illness, or just gone through surgery, you will find some message ideas to get started.
In addition, you can score extra points by getting them a little care package they can use immediately. Take a look at our collection of Get Well Soon gift hampers to find some standout choices for the occasion. Some thoughtful care packages like Wellness Gift Box, Boost Up Gift Box or Self-care Gift Box are guaranteed to bring some joy and a smile to their face.
Here’s what you could say instead of “Get well soon”.
#1 The simple and professional way
This is what to write on a get well soon card that can positively work for anyone at any time. You just can’t go wrong with these words if you’re sending your wishes to a client, a boss, or a colleague sitting next to you but not necessarily a close friend.
“Sending positive thoughts and good vibes your way! My best wishes for a speedy recovery!”
“Hoping to see you back on your feet soon!”
“Stay strong and take care of yourself. I believe you will feel your usual self in no time.”
“Looking forward to seeing you back doing all the things you love.”
“I am sorry to hear that you are unwell. Please don’t be stressed about missing work, you know we’ve got your back!”
#2 The playful way
Laughter can be the best medicine your friend is looking for. If you are pretty close to that person and you are sure it is the right time and a not-so-serious situation, you might want to keep things light and cheerful with these fun and witty messages:
“Can you get well soon, please? You’re kind of stealing my spotlight.”
“Just think of this time as the universe trying to tell you to watch more Netflix and endless cat videos on Youtube.”
“Get well soon so we can make fun of you again and not feel so bad about it.”
“Please don’t be stressed about the monthly reports – we will make sure all your work is piled up on your desk ready for your return!”
“C’mon, you’ve been using up too many sick days that could have been useful for hangovers!”
“You’re so hot even viruses can’t resist.”
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#3 The caring way
A healthy dose of caring words always goes a long way. And if you can support the recipient with anything when they are under the weather, feel free to offer to do so as a part of the message and make sure you will follow up well on it.
“I hate it when awful things happen to good people. Please bounce back as soon as possible.”
“Recovery is hard work, but you have my full support. Hang in there, things are getting better soon.”
“Getting better sometimes takes a village. We’re all here for you!”
“You just work on feeling better and I will take care of everything.”
“I’ll pick up and clean up. All you need to do is rest up.”
#4 The inspirational way
If you want to keep their spirit up to conquer a serious illness, adding a little inspiration to your get well soon card is a great way to show your encouragement, love, and care during their difficult times. The quotes below are a good start for a get-well message that would provide strength and courage for those trying to get back on their feet.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Tough times don’t last, tough people do” – Anonymous
“It’s not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit” – J.R.R Tolkien
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising up every time we fail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny” – C.S. Lewis
#5 The multi-language way
You don’t need to be a polyglot to be well versed in positive language. Let’s see how you can wish someone a prompt recovery in different languages:
How to say get well soon in Islam: اللهم إشفيه شفاءا لا يغادر سقما
How to say get well soon in French: se rétablir rapidement
How to say get well soon in Japanese: お早い回復を願っております (O hayai kaifuku o negatte orimasu)
How to say get well soon in Chinese: 快点好起来 (Kuài diǎn hǎo qǐlái)
How to say get well soon in Korean: 빨리 낫고 (ppalli nasgo)
How to say get well soon in Vietnamese: Mong bạn sớm khỏe lại nhé!
How to say get well soon in Thai: หายเร็ว ๆ นะ
How to say get well soon in Tagalog: Gumaling ka agad
And this is how you can respond to a get-well message in different manners.
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#1 The classic way
“Thank you, I’ll be back in no time.”
“Your wish just worked on me. I’m starting to feel better already.”
“Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts.”
“I’m so grateful for the get-well message you sent. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
#2 The sincere way
“It is great to know that there is someone somewhere concerned about me when I go through my bad days. Thanks a lot for what you have done.”
“I am grateful to be surrounded by blessings. Thank you for all the support.”
“You being around the whole time means a lot to me. Thank you for sticking by me in my difficult times.”
#3 The fun way
“Nah, I kind of like the attention when I’m sick. I’ll take my time.”
“Sorry, soon is not the word for me. I like it slow!”
“I’m a bit busy now. Can I get better next week instead?”
Want to lift their spirits even more? Send a 'Get well soon' care package!
Wrap up your get-well message with a warm closing, and add on the delight by sending over a box full of healthy snacks, drinks, and wellness items with Build Your Good Box. Need inspiration for what to include in your “Get well soon” care packages? Check out our tips here!