There are many good ways to sign off formal emails. You might have heard “I hope all is well” before from one of your coworkers or a boss. This article will explore some of the best ways to respond to this message.
What Should I Reply To “I Hope All Is Well”?
There are many good replies for “I hope you are doing well” and similar phrases. This article will explore the following:
- I am very well, thank you
- How are you?
- I hope you are well too
- The same goes for you
- I hope you’re doing well
- Thank you for your good wishes
- Everything’s fine, thank you
- I am, thanks
- Thanks for asking
- All is good
- How are things with you?
- How you doing?
- Things aren’t great
The preferred version is “I am very well, thank you.” It’s a great response in formal emails and settings as it states that you’re well and uses “thank you” to appreciate their question. We could also use “I am, thanks” informally as the best option to accept their good wishes.
I Am Very Well, Thank You
“I am very well, thank you” is a simple response to formal emails. Like any phrase designed to check on our welfare, we can simply respond by talking about how we feel and using “thank you” to show our appreciation for the wishes.
- Dear Scott,
- I am very well, thank you. How are you?
- All the best,
- Dear Martha,
- I am very well, thank you. I hope you’re doing just as well as I am!
- Best wishes to you and yours,
- Mr. Gregory
How Are You?
“How are you” is the simplest question we can use. If you want to find out how somebody else is doing, a simple “how are you” goes a long way. You’ll want to make sure you reply to their original “I hope all is well” first to make sure they know how you are feeling.
It would be quite strange to ask “how are you” without any answer on your part.
- Dear Christina,
- I’m good, thank you. How are you? I hear it’s been tricky at the office lately.
- Best regards,
- Jonathan Taylor
- Hey Tom,
- I’m good. How are you?
I Hope You Are Well Too
“I hope you are well too” is a simple replacement to respond to “I hope all is well.” Sometimes, we only need to add a “too” to the end of a message to show that we share the same feelings or wishes as the person who spoke to us.
- Dear sir,
- I am well, thank you. I hope you are well too.
- I look forward to hearing back from you,
- Dear Mr. Bendtner,
- I hope you are well too. Thank you for taking the time to check in on me,
- I’ll be returning on Tuesday,
- All the best,
The Same Goes For You
“The same goes for you” is a good choice for formal emails. We can use “the same goes” to flip the original positive message around on someone. It shows that we’re also interested in making sure the other party is “well.”
- Dear Richard,
- Thank you for asking; I am good. The same goes for you, of course. Have you got the presentations in order?
- I look forward to meeting with you,
- Mr. Berk
- Hey Michael,
- I am well, thanks. The same goes for you. Do you have any idea when you might be returning?
- We miss you,
- Dean Drawbridge
I Hope You’re Doing Well
“I hope you’re doing well” is a suitable choice in many email formats. We can use it to flip the “I hope all is well” statement around. It’s a good way to sign-off an email without having to worry too much about whether someone is going to answer it.
While the other options work best at the start of an email, this phrase is better toward the end. Since we’re using it as a sign-off message, it doesn’t always have to come with a reply back from the other party.
- Dear Mr. Smith,
- Thank you for checking in on me. I’m doing really well now.
- I hope you’re doing well,
- Dear Danielle,
- Thanks for your kind words. I’m looking forward to returning to work soon.
- I hope you’re doing well,
Thank You For Your Good Wishes
“Thank you for your good wishes” works at the start of a formal email. It’s a good reply that works when we want to show that we’re appreciative of the wishes someone has granted us. “Good” can also be replaced with other positive words like “well.”
- Dear Mrs. Taylor,
- Thank you for your good wishes. I’m glad that I’ve got someone like you fighting in my corner.
- All the best,
- Dear Horace,
- Thank you for your well wishes. I’m looking forward to getting back to work as soon as I can.
- Kindest regards,
Everything’s Fine, Thank You
“Everything’s fine, thank you” is a simple way to reply to a formal email. If you’re not all that interested in the relationship you’ve set up with the person you’re speaking to, this phrase works well.
Some people think “everything’s fine” is a bit dismissive. However, sometimes, it’s not always appropriate to share details of your personal life in a formal email, so this phrase could be suitable enough to show that you’re uncomfortable sharing.
- Dear Jacob,
- Everything’s fine, thank you. I’ll have the documents ready on your desk by Monday.
- Best regards,
- Dear Mr. Wilkins,
- Everything’s fine, thanks. I’ll be checking in on you over the weekend to see how you’re getting on in your new role.
- All the best,
- Mrs. Dennis
I Am, Thanks
“I am, thanks” is the first informal phrase we want to go through. It follows similar trends to what we’re talking about above, but it works to show that someone is happy to answer a question about how they’re feeling without flipping it around on someone else.
- I am well, thanks. I hope you’re doing well too.
- I am, thanks. Is there anything else you’d like to discuss with me before we head off for the day?
- I am, thanks. How are you children getting on with their new school?
Thanks For Asking
“Thanks for asking” is a great informal phrase. We can use it to show that we’re happy someone took an interest in our well-being. It’s a good phrase without having to worry about asking the other person how they are as well (unless you want to).
Usually, we would also state how we are feeling before “thanks for asking.” This allows us to set up a suitable conversation with the other person.
- Hey, I’m great, thanks for asking. How are you holding up?
- I’m doing okay, and thank you for asking. I guess we should get right down to business.
- I’m okay, thanks for asking. I think we should start work soon before I die of boredom.
All Is Good
“All is good” is another good informal phrase. Using “good” in this context is a great way to show that you are “well.” “Good” is more informal because it refers to someone’s happiness or spirits, whereas “well” works to make sure someone is having a good time.
- All is good over here. I’m glad you asked, though, because I have a few things that I need to run by you.
- All is good with me. How are you doing? I hear you’ve had a rough time with it lately.
- Thanks for asking. All is good, and I’m looking forward to getting a couple of days off over the weekend.
How Are Things With You?
“How are things with you” works well informally. We can flip the question around to someone else in this format. “How are things” is a good informal question starter that allows us to find out about the more specific things happening in someone’s life.
- Hey, how are things with you? I haven’t heard from you in a while, so I wanted to make sure you were okay.
- Thanks for asking about me, but how are things with you? Do you need anything from me?
- I’m really good, thanks. How are things with you? How’s Sarah doing these days?
How You Doing?
“How you doing” is a fun and informal question we can ask. It originates from the US sitcom “Friends,” where the character of Joey would use this phrase to ask people how they are doing.
Joey would use it in a flirtatious manner, but there’s no reason why this question can’t be used a little more innocently than that. It’s a simple way to find out how somebody is feeling.
You typically wouldn’t find this in written English. Written English would require “are” for “how are you doing.” Spoken English allows “are” to be dropped, though.
- I’m good, thanks. How you doing? I feel like it’s been a while.
- Thanks for checking in on me. How you doing?
- How you doing, mate? I’m good, but I haven’t heard from you in so long!
Things Aren’t Great
Sometimes, things aren’t going “well,” and we don’t feel “good.” We don’t always have to be positive about our response. If we’re close with the person asking us, then we might want to let them know that things aren’t going too well.
From there, they might be able to help us out. If we’re having a rough time, they could be the exact person we need to make us feel better again.
- Things aren’t great at the minute. I’m really struggling with work.
- Things aren’t great. I know I need to focus up, but I find it really difficult.
- Things aren’t great. I wish I could talk to somebody about this.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.