How to Send a Virtual High Five to Make Someone’s Day


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Digital tools and the internet keep us more connected than ever. Not only is it easy to share things you love online with your relatives and friends, but you can even send a virtual high five. When you high five with someone, you share in a small moment of celebration. Just like when you were a kid, this small action brings a smile to someone’s face. 

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You can make someone’s day just by taking a few seconds to send a virtual high five yourself. Whether you’re sending best wishes to a friend or you want to encourage someone who’s sick, here’s how to send a virtual high five. 

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Why Send a High Five?

There are a lot of things you can send to someone digitally to make their day a bit better. From digital gift cards to a sentimental text message, the internet is full of uplifting ways to make the world a kinder place. Why choose a high five?

To understand why this small gesture is so powerful, let’s look at the history of high fives. This practice is said to date back to a 1977 baseball game between the Dodgers and Astros.

After outfielder Dusty Baker hit a home run, he raised his hand in triumph. One of his teammates, Glenn Burke, slapped his hand back in the air since he wasn’t sure what to do. This emotional moment instantly caught the public’s attention, and the high five has been a symbol of triumph and togetherness ever since. 

Today, high fives are used for a lot of different occasions. They’re a way to let someone know you’re on their team, that you’re there for them. They’re also a triumphant moment of excitement and energy. When two hands come together in the air, they’re raising each other up against the rest of the world. This is a powerful message and symbol. 

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How to Send Someone a Virtual High Five Via Text or DM

One of the fastest and easiest ways to send a virtual high five is through text or direct message. To do this, follow these steps below. Though simple, this is sure to make someone’s day.  

Step 1: Choose your recipient

First, choose your virtual high five recipients. There’s no “right” person to send a high five to. As the saying goes, the more, the merrier. Consider who needs a pick-me-up and who might be feeling a bit alone. When in doubt, send as many as you want! High fives are great for anyone currently experiencing the following:

  • Illness
  • A bad day
  • A celebratory moment
  • Family or job troubles

There’s rarely a situation in which a high five isn’t appropriate. They’re a good fit for both good and bad days. On good days, they remind us that those we love always support us. On bad days, they’re an important push forward. 

Step 2: Find your high five

Now it’s time to find your high five. You have a lot of different options here, so consider the type of high five your recipient would appreciate the best. There are funny high fives, high fives with recognizable actors/characters, and animated high fives. 

The best option for texting or DM is to use a gif or static image. You can find these in many different places on the internet. Just search “high five” on these popular websites to see several choices:

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Step 3: Add some kind words

While you can send your virtual high five as a gif or static image on its own, it’s so much more meaningful when paired with kind words. Write a short but sweet message to accompany your high five. You might write some encouraging quotes, share how proud you are of the individual, or just let them know you’re always there for them. 

A virtual high five is so much more special when it’s accompanied by words of kindness and support. Let your loved ones know you’re thinking of them, even for the small things. 

Step 4: Send your message

That’s it! It’s time to send your text or DM. A virtual high five might seem small, but you never know the type of impact this could have one someone’s day. It’s one of the many reminders that our actions, no matter how small, all matter in the grand scheme of things. 

Once you’ve sent your first text or DM, it’s time to send another. These are a simple tool to keep in your daily happiness arsenal. You might even save some to your phone for easy sharing. 

How to Email Someone a Virtual High Five

Email is also a fun way to send a virtual high five. This is likely better for someone who’s more likely to check their email than a text or DM, and it’s also suitable for the workplace. Whether you’re high fiving a relative or your coworker, here’s how to do it. Once you’ve chosen your recipient(s), move to these next steps. 

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Step 1: Find your high five

While you can certainly use any of the high five resources above to find gifs and static images, you have even more options through email. It’s also important to note that not all email clients can open gifs, and you might run into delivery challenges. Instead, use one of these virtual options:

It’s hard to go wrong with a virtual high five card. Not only does this leave a lot of room for personalization, but it’s a cute way to share your support.

Step 2: Personalize your email

Once you’ve chosen your high five, personalize it. Again, you can include a short message, kind words, supportive recognition, quotes, or even music. With email, you have a lot more flexibility with what you include. 

You might even choose to pass along the fun by inviting the email recipient to share their own high five with someone special. This creates a chain of inspiring emails that everyone can enjoy!

Step 3: Click send 

Finally, click send on your email. That’s it—you’ve sent your virtual high five into cyberspace! Choose whether or not you want to let the recipient know there’s a virtual high five in their inbox. Sometimes it's best to let them find the surprise. 

Now that you know how to start this process, you’re free to send as many digital high fives as you wish. This is an addicting practice!

Send Virtual Happiness

High fives are easily overlooked, but they carry a lot of meaning. You don’t need to be in-person to send a high five that brightens someone’s day. As long as you have access to text, messaging, or email, you can send a virtual high five with the steps above. 

Have you taken any steps to improve someone’s day? You never know what someone else is going through. Why not do something nice, even if it’s a small gesture? You never know how the world might pay you back for this kindness. 

Looking for more ideas? Read our digital gift guide, or learn how to send a virtual candle or hug.


  1. Ababi, Mark. “Today is National High Five Day — this photo from 1977 shows the first ever high five.” Business Insider. 18 April 2019.

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