New Year’s Wishes for 2012

People from around the world have been writing to me in search of the correct wording for new year's messages to their English-speaking friends and associates. To help them, I have composed these brief messages as models. I hope you find them helpful.

Note to international readers: If the message says I, it is from one person. If it says we, it is from more than one person or from a business. When you change the subject from I to we (or we to I), the verb stays the same. (Example: "I wish" and "We wish" are both correct.)

Happy 2012! I wish you a new year filled with prosperity, joy, and contentment. [for anyone]

Happy 2012! I wish you a beautiful, magical new year! [for anyone]

On New Year's Day and every day, we wish you joy and fulfillment. Happy new year! [for anyone]

We wish you a new year filled with wonder, peace, and meaning. Happy 2012! [for anyone]

I hope you are blessed with delight, fulfillment, and peace in the new year. [for anyone, has a spiritual feeling]

I wish you a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy, and treasured moments. May 2012 be your best year yet! [for anyone, especially a professional]

I hope 2012 is a year of great happiness and success for you. Have a wonderful new year! [for anyone, especially a professional]

We are grateful for our work with you in 2011, and we look forward to working together in the new year. Happy 2012! [for a client]


If you need someone to edit or proofread your holiday messages, please ask my partner, Scribendi. I don't provide this service, but Scribendi does great, fast work. 


Thank you for being a customer at our ______________. [fill in a word or a phrase such as hair salon, restaurant, gym, health club, or store.] We look forward to serving you in 2012. We wish you peace, happiness, and abundant good health in the new year. [for a customer]

Thank you for staying with us. We wish you a beautiful new year filled with peace and gladness. We look forward to seeing you again in 2012. [for a hotel guest]

Thank you for your business in 2011. It has been a pleasure helping you reach your goals, and we look forward to serving you again in the new year. We wish you a prosperous and wonderful 2012! [for a customer or a client]

We are delighted to have you as a customer, and we look forward to serving you in the new year. Have a terrific 2012! [for a customer]

We wish you great happiness in your new home. Have a wonderful new year! [for someone who has moved]

We wish you abundant success and joy in your new location. Happy 2012! [for a business that has moved]

I am personally grateful to each one of you for your tremendous efforts, and I wish everyone a rewarding, joyous new year. I look forward to working with you in 2012. [to a group of employees and associates]

I appreciate your contribution to our success this year. I wish you peace, joy, and fulfillment in 2012. Happy new year! [for an individual employee or associate]

My examples are generic so that you can use them in a variety of situations. However, the more personalized your message is, the more sincere it will feel.

Happy 2012 to you, dear reader! I hope your new year is filled with joyful learning, abundant opportunity, and pleasure in all you do.

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  1. Dear Lynn,
    Thank you for this post and all other posts. I have enjoyed learning ‘Business Writing’ from you. Someone who is as generous as you are in teaching and sharing, deserves a new year filled with abundance, peace and happiness! Wish you a fabulous 2012!
    Best regards,

  2. Eza,

    Thank you very much for your wonderful massage!
    I hope 2012 A.D for you more successful

    Rana Zafar (Malaysia)

  3. Dear Lynn,

    Thank you so much for these models. I will definitely use them for inspiration for this year’s holiday greetings for all my valued clients.

    I hope that you have had a great start to 2012!


  4. Lynn,

    Really very inspiring about new year message i ever found. But it could be more easy to read if you make some text formatting in your post like bold italic.


  5. Hi Lynn. I work in a management office and am responsible for sending monthly newsletters & emails to all of our tenants. I would like to add a piece in the newsletter telling the tenants Happy New Year and also want to talk about fitness and New Year’s resolutions in a tactful way. We have a fitness center and offer Yoga, Zumba, Weight Watcher’s. Can you help me with the wording so it will be tactful please?

  6. you are really good writer how can i reach you? do you have any personal email? or are you on face book? will be very thankful to your kind response.

    Best regards
    Shahid Khan

  7. Thank you Lynn, I am going to use on of these on my website ( except i gonna make some minor changes 😉

    Thanks alot Lynn

  8. Hi.thanks for ur wonderfull messages:)i try to learn english language recently.i wanted to send aCongratulation message to my teacher and visited ur site accidently and it helped me a lot.

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