If you know a friend or loved one who is approaching his 40th birthday, you might want to craft a personal birthday card with an affirming message. Turning 40 can be a difficult time for some men, so you will want to avoid jokes about getting old and going "over the hill." Instead, provide an encouraging message that makes your friend or loved one feel good about himself.
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Write down attributes you like about your friend or loved one. For example, you might write down "caring," "smart" and "funny."
Craft your keywords into a simple poem. Start with one line and build upon it with a rhyming second line. You do not need to be a poet to do this. Your poem can be cute and simple. For example, you might write something such as the following: "Happy 40th Birthday to one terrific friend! It's with all the love and warmth in this birthday card I send!"
Continue building on your poem. An example of your third through sixth lines might be the following: "You are smart and caring and always so funny. Life with you is ever so sunny. I hope today is full of fun and celebration for you. The best 40th birthday you certainly are due!"
Conclude your card by writing a personal message filled with your sentiments for your friend or loved one.