Life can be pretty discouraging from time to time. Whether we’re experiencing a tragic loss of someone near and dear, or we’re going through the regular ups and downs that life can bring, we could all use some encouragement.
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- Alternatives to ‘I Hope Your Day Gets Better’ For Someone Who Experienced a Death or Tragic Loss
- Alternatives to ‘I Hope Your Day Gets Better’ For Someone Who’s Sick
- Alternatives to ‘I Hope Your Day Gets Better’ For Someone Who’s Stressed
- Alternatives to ‘I Hope Your Day Gets Better’ For Someone Who’s Upset
Rather than sticking with the overused, “I hope your day gets better,” send your friends and family some personalized, tailored phrases that speak to their particular situation. Show someone how much you care by putting thought into what you say.
Think through how best to encourage them so you can help them face their situation and keep holding onto hope.
Alternatives to ‘I Hope Your Day Gets Better’ For Someone Who Experienced a Death or Tragic Loss
Talking with someone who has experienced a significant tragedy or a death can give you pause. What do you say? How do you encourage them without sounding trite or unfeeling? “Have a good day” sure won’t work in this situation. Here are six alternatives that you can use.
1. “I know you’re really hurting right now but I also know things can get better.”
Words of encouragement after death or loss should always be after words of sympathy. Acknowledge the fact that the person is hurting and having a difficult time, then encourage them that things will get better.
2. “I’m so sorry for everything you’re going through. Keep holding onto hope and know that it won’t always be this way.”
Tell them that you recognize that they’re going through difficult times. Then encourage them to keep holding on. Make sure that you’re speaking from experience with this one, otherwise, it will sound trite and unfeeling.
3. “It can feel like the pain will never go away, but it does get easier with time. There will be days when you catch yourself smiling again.”
If you’ve experienced the type of loss the other person is going through, say something like this. These words help your friend or relative know that there is someone who understands their loss and that brighter days are ahead.
4. “I’m here if you need anything - a hug, a smile, someone to help you stay positive. Things will get better.”
Use this message in person, in a card, or in a text to help them know that they’re not alone. Telling someone “I’m here for you” is a simple way of standing with them through a difficult time they’re experiencing.
5. “We’ll get through this together. Things will look better as the days go by.”
Use a phrase like this for someone you are particularly close to. This is something that can be said to a close friend or relative who you are planning to help get through the tragedy they’ve experienced.
Alternatives to ‘I Hope Your Day Gets Better’ For Someone Who’s Sick
Though most illness doesn’t result in death, sometimes sickness can be so bad that it feels that way. Encourage someone you know by helping them look forward to brighter days ahead with these phrases.
6. “I’m sorry you’re feeling so down. Remember that it won’t always be this way.”
While this should be said with a sense of gravity and understanding, it’s also a simple way to cheer someone up by helping them focus on the good to come.
7. “Wrap your arms around yourself and pretend it’s me giving you a hug. Hang in there!”
If you can’t see the person but you’re speaking over the phone, messaging, or texting back and forth, tell them this. It may not be as good as an in-person hug, but they’ll feel loved because of your words.
8. “You’re so strong. I know you’ll get through this.”
When someone is sick, sometimes all they see is discouragement and weakness. Encourage them by telling them about the strength you see in them. Voice your confidence in knowing that they’ll make it through.
9. “We all love you and we’re cheering you on. Keep on pressing on toward the better days.”
If you’re sending a message or speaking to someone on behalf of yourself and a group of friends, or yourself and your family, be sure to include them in your message.
This is a simple message that can easily be used in a card tucked into a small gift for a friend to cheer them up.
10. “I know you’re looking forward to getting better. We’re looking forward to it, too.”
Use this “get well soon” wish for a person you know who is on the road to recovery. This helps them know that they are supported by their friends and family and that better days are ahead.
Alternatives to ‘I Hope Your Day Gets Better’ For Someone Who’s Stressed
No matter what brings the stress on in life, stress is a frustrating experience. It can feel like the whole world rests on your shoulders and there’s never a moment when you can relax and hit the pause button.
Encourage the friends and relatives you know with these simple phrases.
11. “Hang in there. Things will get better.”
Sometimes simple is best. Use this phrase on a physical card, a text, or an e-card. If you want to make this somewhat humorous, pair it with a picture of a cat hanging onto a tree limb to illustrate your words.
12. “Life won’t always be this crazy. You’ll get through this.”
This is a good phrase to use when you understand what it’s like to be in your friend’s shoes. If you’ve been through something similarly stressful, let them know that life will get better because you’ve experienced the stress and the better days.
13. “Remember that this is just a season. Things will hopefully even out again.”
This is another phrase to use as long as you’re speaking from experience. This isn’t something to say if you haven’t gone through a similar circumstance.
14. “I know this is super stressful, but you’re doing great. You’re absolutely going to make it through.”
Encourage someone by pointing out what you see them doing well. Help them focus on the things they’re doing well and tell them that they’ll get through the tough times because they are strong.
15. “I’m proud of you for seeing this through. You’re doing a great job.”
If you know someone stressed because they’re standing up for their beliefs or what they think is right, send them this message. Even if it feels like the whole world is against them, your words of encouragement will help them get through.
Alternatives to ‘I Hope Your Day Gets Better’ For Someone Who’s Upset
Life frequently gives us lemons in the form of flat tires, parking tickets, bad news, and even wardrobe malfunctions. Help cheer up someone who is doing their best to make it through the day despite the frustrations and upsets of life.
16. “I’m so sorry about what happened. You’ll get through this.”
This is appropriate for things that are on the serious side like parking tickets, fender benders, and even job demotions. Encourage them to look past the immediate frustration by letting them know they’ll make it through.
17. “Here’s hoping things start looking up from here.”
This is a lighter way of saying you hope someone’s day gets better. This should only be used with upsets that aren’t serious, like putting on two different socks, arriving late to work, or forgetting your lunch at home.
18. “Keep looking forward. This isn’t where things end.”
No matter what someone is going through, this rings true. Discouragements aren’t the end of life as we know it, even if it might feel that way. Encourage your friend to keep pressing on through the frustrations of life.
19. “There will be brighter days ahead. Keep holding your head up.”
A phrase like this is good to use when someone has gone through a discouragement such as being passed over for a promotion at work or the loss of a friend due to an argument or misunderstanding. Help them raise their head high and remember that their value comes from who they are, not from what others say about them.
20. “I know this is a huge disappointment, but there are better things ahead.”
Use a phrase like this for any disappointment that comes someone’s way. Were they passed up for a lead part in a play? Perhaps the scholarship didn’t get approved? They didn’t get the job they applied for? Help them focus on better things to come rather than the disappointment they’re going through.
21. “I’m so proud of the way you’re handling this. There will be brighter days, don’t you worry about that.”
Use a phrase like this for someone you are particularly close to. Let them know that you see how well they are handling the discouragement. Then tell them that there will be more than discouragement coming for them in the future.
Spreading Encouragement with Thoughtful Words
No matter what someone is going through, words of encouragement can help them focus on the good rather than the bad. Show someone you know that they’re not alone by encouraging them to hold onto the hope of better days ahead.
If you're looking for more ways to encourage a loved one, read our guides on the best encouraging gifts and how to write a letter of encouragement.