“Have a nice day” can be a good way to close a conversation. It’s generally nicer than saying “goodbye.” However, there are plenty of better (and less common) alternatives that you might find useful. This article will share all the best ones to help you.
What Can I Say Instead Of “Have A Nice Day”?
We have compiled a list of some of the best alternatives for this situation. You might be interested in trying out one of the following:
- Have a good one
- Take it easy
- Good day
- Have a pleasant day
- Enjoy yourself today
- God bless you
- Have fun
- Be safe
- Embrace the day
- Seize the day
- Today is your day
- See you again soon
The preferred version is “have a good one.” It’s a calm and colloquial phrase we can use when we want to wish somebody well. This is useful when we’re trying to say goodbye to someone, and we want to leave them on as positive a note as possible.
Have A Good One
“Have a good one” is a great informal replacement for “have a nice day.” It’s very popular for native speakers to use this one. “One” implies the “day,” meaning that someone is effectively saying “have a good day.”
Using “one” in place of “day” is a choice that many people make informally. It just helps to make your speaking sound a little less robotic (which is why it works well with friends and family).
Here are a few examples:
- Okay, have a good one! Let me know when you’re home.
- Alright, then! Have a good one! See you again soon!
- Have a good one! I’ll miss you!
Take It Easy
“Take it easy” is a good phrase to replace “have a nice day.” We can use it synonymously with “goodbye,” but it is slightly more informal. Using it with your friends or family members is encouraged when you want them to enjoy themselves.
“Taking it easy” means that someone does not overexert themselves on the day. You want to encourage them to have as chilled-out of a day as they possibly can.
Here are a few examples:
- Take it easy, Michael! I’ll see you soon.
- Take it easy out there, Dan!
- Take it easy! I’ll speak to you when you get home.
“Good day” is a very polite and formal way to say “goodbye” to someone. It can replace “have a nice day” when we want to say goodbye in the most polite way possible. Usually, only upper-class native speakers will use a phrase like this.
These examples will show you how it might work:
- Good day to you, sir. I don’t want to be hearing from you again until you’ve dealt with the issue!
- Good day! I hope you enjoy yourself out there.
- Good day, man! Let me know when you’re back in town.
Have A Pleasant Day
“Have a pleasant day” is a great replacement for “have a nice day.” It’s almost identical to “have a nice day,” but we replace the adjective with “pleasant” to be a little more formal. They are both as polite as each other, and it depends on personal preference ultimately.
Check out these examples to see it in action:
- Have a pleasant day today!
- Have a pleasant day, and please let me know how you get on in your exam later.
- Have a pleasant day! I’ll certainly miss you while you’re gone!
Enjoy Yourself Today
“Enjoy yourself today” is a great phrase that works when we know someone is going to have a good day. Usually, they would have indicated that they were going to do something fun or adventurous. In these cases, we can use this phrase when we part ways.
However, you’ll want to make sure you confirm that they will be doing something fun. If it turns out they are not going to do something fun or that something really negative has happened in their lives, this might be a disrespectful way to say goodbye.
Here are a few examples of how to use it correctly:
- I hope you enjoy yourself today at the zoo with your girlfriend.
- Enjoy yourself today! I wish I could be in your shoes when you meet him!
- Enjoy yourself today! If anyone deserves a break, it’s you.
God Bless You
“God bless you” is mostly a religious way to say “goodbye.” It’s uncommon for non-religious people to use it, and they often don’t value it as a way of saying “have a nice day.” However, you can use it as long as you know the people you are talking to.
Here are a few good examples of it:
- God bless you! I hope you get everything you want out of the day.
- God bless you, then! I love you, son.
- God bless you! I’ll see you when I see you.
“Have fun” works as a “goodbye” phrase when we know that someone is going to do something enjoyable. If we are envious or know that they will have a good time, “have fun” can work well.
However, it’s best not to use “have fun” if you do not think someone is going to have an enjoyable day. It can seem sarcastic, rude, and disrespectful in the wrong circumstances.
For example, if someone just found out a close family member was in the hospital, you wouldn’t say “have fun” when they leave. It would be far too disrespectful because you don’t know what kind of situation they will meet when they arrive.
Here are a few examples of when it works (assuming something fun happens to the person when they leave):
- Have fun with your adventures today! I’m very jealous!
- Have fun with all of that! I can’t believe you’re lucky enough to try it out.
- Have fun! Don’t forget to message me how it goes.
“Be safe” is a kind and loving way to say “goodbye.” We can use it in place of “have a nice day” when we want someone to look after themselves and make sure they don’t get into any trouble or accidents with whatever they get up to.
This doesn’t always have to be a direct warning of danger. Sometimes, someone might be going straight home after a meeting. While there might not be anything inherently dangerous on their journey, “be safe” still works to show that you care.
Here are a few ways you can make it work:
- Be safe out there on your way back!
- Be safe, okay? I know you’re always sensible.
- Alright, see you! Be safe on the roads, though.
Embrace The Day
“Embrace the day” helps people to feel a bit of encouragement from you when you part ways with them. In this way, we use the verb “embrace” to encourage someone to make the most of whatever their day brings (and we hope that it doesn’t bring negativity).
Here are a couple of examples to help you make sense of it:
- Embrace the day, Sarah! You’ve got what it takes to do this.
- I know that you’ll embrace the day today! I’ll see you around once it’s over.
- Embrace the day! There are so many things you can do!
Seize The Day
“Seize the day” is a common idiom that people use. It also works when we want to say “goodbye” in a fun and interesting way. It encourages the other party to “seize” the day, which means we want them to make the most of their time and get something out of it.
Here are a few examples:
- Don’t forget to seize the day today, son! I want you to surprise the world.
- Seize the day, man! You know you’re so much better than that!
- Seize the day! There isn’t a soul in this world who can tell you otherwise!
Today Is Your Day
“Today is your day” is an encouraging way to say “goodbye” to somebody. It works best when you know that someone is stressed about something that might happen on the day when you speak to them. It shows them that they’ll do a good job of completing whatever it is.
Here are a few examples to help you understand it:
- Don’t worry too much about the job interview, Martin! Today is your day! I know it.
- Today is your day, and I’m sure you’ll do great!
- Today is your day! I’ll let you go now so you can prepare for it, but you’ll smash it out of the park!
See You Again Soon
“See you again soon” is a great way to finish a conversation. We use “again” here to imply that we’ll be happy when we see them again. It keeps the “goodbye” message happy and confident. It makes you seem like a much more welcoming person.
Here are a few examples to show you how it works:
- Okay, mate, I’ll see you again soon! Don’t be gone for too long this time.
- See you again soon, buddy! I’ll miss you!
- See you again soon. Let me know when you’re back around these parts, and we’ll hang out!
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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.