I was rushing out the door after my morning shift at the cafe yesterday when my manager, Jane, called out to me: “Have a nice day, Sarah!” I waved back with a smile, echoing the sentiment before heading out into the sunshine.
It was a commonly used phrase, but it got me thinking – what are some other ways we can wish someone well in their day? Spending 8 hours a day serving customers, those habitual well-wishes can start to feel repetitious. I decided to compile a list of creative alternatives.
What are 15 Alternative Ways to say “Have a Nice Day”?
Wishing someone a pleasant day seems like a common courtesy, but mixing up the phrasing can make it feel more meaningful. Before we get creative, let’s overview 15 different ways to express that sentiment:
- May your day be filled with sunshine!
- Here’s to a day full of smiles!
- Wishing you a day full of joy!
- Hope you have a day as wonderful as you!
- Hoping your day is as delightful as you are!
- May your day be as amazing as you!
- Have a stupendous day!
- Here’s to a super day!
- Have a fantabulous day!
- May you have an awesome day!
- Sending you good vibes for a great day!
- Enjoy a magical day!
- Have a dazzling day!
- Here’s to a radical day!
- May luck and laughter find you today!
- Getting creative with language can make well-wishes more meaningful
- Using positive, energetic words emphasizes the sentiment
- Personalized messages feel more sincere
5 Editor’s Choice Ways
Have a stupendous day!
This playful phrase adds emphasis with its unexpected adjective.
May your day be filled with sunshine!
A whimsical and visual image, evoking warmth.
Here’s to a day full of smiles!
Focuses on cultivating joy and happiness.
Enjoy a magical day!
Sparks childlike wonder and optimism.
Sending you good vibes for a great day!
An informal phrase conveying positive energy.
In professional settings, we often rely on the traditional “Have a nice day” to express well-wishes in an appropriate way. Consider the example below:
I wanted to thank you for your time today and for considering me for the marketing coordinator role. It was a pleasure speaking with you and learning more about the position. Have a nice remainder of your day!“
While safe, this phrasing can feel stiff. Instead, try…
I wanted to thank you for your time today and for considering me for the marketing coordinator role. It was a pleasure speaking with you and learning more about the position. Here’s to a delightful rest of your day!
This small tweak makes the sentiment feel more genuine. Other options include:
- Wishing you a pleasant remainder of your day!
- Hoping the rest of your day is joyful!
- Have a wonderful rest of your day!
In casual settings with friends or family, we have more flexibility to get playful with our language. Silliness and humor can strengthen relationships. Consider this text message example:
“Hey girl! Loved catching up over brunch. That new cafe is so cute, we’ll have to go back! Brunch dates must become a regular thing. Okay, I’ll let you get back to your day now. May your afternoon be full of rainbows and butterflies!“
The whimsy adds a touch of laughter. Other informal options include:
- Here’s to an awesome rest of your day!
- Continue kicking today’s butt!
- Sending good vibes for a chill afternoon!
Is It Correct to Say “Have a Good Rest of Your Day”?
Grammatically, this phrase is perfectly fine to use. The well-wishes apply not just to the current moment, but the remainder of the day. Specifically calling out that extended timeframe emphasizes that you want the entire rest of their day to go pleasantly.
Some may argue that it sounds awkward or overly elaborate. However, that wordiness is what makes it feel more caring and sincere. Explicitly noting that you hope their whole remaining day goes well conveys genuine thoughtfulness for their happiness and experience.
So while compact phrases like “have a nice day” are certainly correct, embracing language that is deliberately more loquacious can positively impact relationships. The extra effort to carefully craft our well-wishes demonstrates authenticity.
Hoping someone has a nice day may seem like a common courtesy, but getting creative with our phrasing can make the sentiment much more meaningful. Whether we’re aiming to spark smiles or cultivate connection, a little extra thought into crafting our well-wishes pays dividends. I know I’ll be mixing up my language next time I bid someone farewell for the day!