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95 Congratulations Messages for a Job Well Done

What to say to celebrate the accomplishments and milestones of your friends, family, and co-workers.

Working hard is hard work, so it's nice to get some recognition when it pays off. Whether it's a new business venture, a promotion at work, or a personal milestone, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the people in our lives. But it's not always easy to articulate our good wishes in a card or a social media post. That's why we've compiled 95 congratulations messages to help get you started.

And beyond spreading good will, science tells us that it's worth giving your friend, family member, or co-worker a shout out for other reasons. According to a 2012 study, a little praise can lead to improved performance and development in other areas. Another study released that same year actually confirmed that the more praise we get, the more likely our brains are to remember and repeat a specific skill.

So, if you're looking to support people in your personal network but aren't sure how to do so articulately, keep reading. These messages will have them beaming with pride.

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Tips for Writing a Good Congratulations Message

Listed below are a few tips to keep in mind before sending over your congratulations.

Be specific.

If someone has put in the work to achieve something great, the least you can do is take the time to understand what they did. Be specific when sending over your congratulations. It will let your friend know that you appreciate the magnitude of what they accomplished and the effort it took.

Be brief.

It's important to know when to wrap your congratulations up. Piling on too much praise may make your message seem disingenuous. Plus, some people don't like to have an overabundance of attention on them. Read the room and try to keep your note brief but meaningful.

Be genuine.

Even in written form, it's fairly easy to tell when someone is being genuine. If you're sending a note of congratulations to someone you have mixed feelings about or a complicated history with, be straightforward and to the point. Acknowledge their milestone and move on. If you don't think you can keep any lingering resentment out of your message, then it's maybe best not to say anything at all.

Be timely.

Don't let the moment pass you by! Send your congratulations as soon as you can after you learn about the big win. Not only will it let the person you're writing to know that they're on your mind, but also that you've made them a priority.

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Promotion Congratulations Messages for Colleagues

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  1. Congratulations on working your way up! I know you'll continue to succeed and make us all proud. Remember, this promotion is just the beginning. Many more accomplishments are coming your way.
  2. Congratulations, boss. It's an incredible achievement, and we're all so happy for you here at the office.
  3. After all those early mornings and late nights, it's great to see you rewarded for a job well done.
  4. Today, you've shown us that dedication really does pay off in the end. Congratulations, superstar!
  5. Congratulations on the new job. Wishing you much success and a bright future ahead.
  6. Congratulations on the new role! You're such a forward-thinking colleague, and your position is a reflection of your innovative ideas and leadership. Keep up the great work.
  7. Congratulations to the entire team for the amazing success! It's so great to see our hard work and dedication finally pay off.
  8. Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment to have under your belt. It's a true inspiration to all of us here.
  9. Well done with the job promotion! I know you'll kill it at your new gig.
  10. Congratulations on landing a new position. Wishing you a successful future ahead.
  11. Sending over heartfelt congratulations on your promotion. And just remember, this is only the beginning. Here's to many more achievements and continued success moving forward.
  12. You deserve all the success that is coming your way. Good luck with the next challenge in your career!
  13. Congratulations on your promotion. I couldn't think of a more deserving person for the job.

‍Congratulation Messages for an Outstanding Achievement or Milestone

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  1. Congrats on the amazing achievement. I wish you nothing but continued future success.
  2. Sending over my heartiest congratulations on the well-deserved success. I wish you all the best as you move forward with this new chapter.
  3. Congratulations on the amazing success. You're such a brilliant person; we all knew you had it in you!
  4. Kudos! I'm still in awe of your skill and commitment. You really are amazing!
  5. Congratulations! We couldn't be happier for you or more proud.
  6. Well done! Your success not only reflects your abilities but also your incredible perseverance.
  7. Kudos to you. Remember to maintain a positive attitude and never stop believing in yourself. Confidence will get you far!
  8. Congratulations on starting this new chapter of your life. It's so great to see you follow your dreams and achieve success.
  9. A big congrats on this stunning achievement! Your commitment to quality sets the bar just that much higher for the rest of us.
  10. Bravo! What a well-deserved success! I can't wait to see where your journey takes you next.
  11. What an incredible success! You deserve everything coming your way, and we can't wait to celebrate with you soon.
  12. Sending over my most sincere congratulations and well wishes as you embark on the journey ahead.

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Personal Congratulations Messages

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  1. Congratulations on the new baby. Wishing you and your family all the happiness in the world.
  2. Congratulations! What a major life milestone to celebrate. I know you'll be a great mother/father.
  3. Congratulations on the new business. It brings us such joy to watch all your dreams come true. You're already doing an amazing job.
  4. Sending over warm wishes and hearty congratulations on your engagement. May this next adventure bring you nothing but happiness and joy.
  5. Sending over my sincerest congratulations on the new house. Best of luck, and continue setting such a shining example for the rest of us.
  6. Congrats on the engagement! What a momentous occasion to celebrate. Wishing you nothing but great success and a happy life ahead.
  7. Congratulations on your retirement! You've worked so hard to get to this point. I couldn't be happier for you!
  8. Congratulations on opening up the shop! Your dedication, hard work, and endurance are truly inspiring.
  9. Well done! We were all so happy when we heard the exciting news. All the best with this new chapter.
  10. A big congrats on the new job! Your passion and perseverance continue to shine brightly.

Funny Congratulations Messages

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  1. Congratulations! Seems like you're a pretty big deal now. Just remember not to let it go to your head… we all remember where you came from.
  2. Congratulations! We all knew you could do it. And, well, I really don't want to take this opportunity to say "I told you so," but…
  3. Congratulations! Try not to think too hard about what comes next. It's all uphill from here.
  4. My hat's off to you! You keep winning, and I'll keep tagging along for the ride!
  5. It happened again. You've accomplished something amazing and I'm here patting you on the back for it!
  6. Sending over sincere congratulations on your newest accomplishment. Who do you plan to thank first for helping you along the way? ChatGPT or Uber Eats?
  7. Congratulations on the new gig! When are you going to take me out to celebrate?
  8. Job well done! No one is jealous! Not at all!
  9. Congratulations! Your luck hasn't run out just yet!
  10. Bravo, bravo. But how are you planning to top this?

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General Congratulatory Messages

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  1. Kudos for an amazing accomplishment.
  2. Congratulations and best wishes for the future.
  3. Sending over my warmest congratulations on achieving such a significant milestone.
  4. Congratulations. All your hard work has finally paid off.
  5. It's all happening, and not a minute too soon.
  6. Congratulations. You're a class act!
  7. Bravo! We all knew you could do it!
  8. You did it! Hats off to you!
  9. You're on fire! Can't wait to see what you do next.
  10. So happy to hear the good news!
  11. Congratulations on another job well done!
  12. Good job! I've always been rooting for you!
  13. Hats off to an amazing achievement!
  14. Today makes it all worth it!
  15. Way to go! You made it happen.
  16. Cheers! Can't wait to see what you accomplish next!
  17. Way to go! We're all so proud!

Wedding Congratulations Thoughts

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  1. Congratulations on your wedding day and the beautiful journey that lies ahead.
  2. Congratulations on your wedding. This next chapter is sure to be the best one yet.
  3. May your marriage bring you nothing but peace, health, and happiness. Here's to an amazing future.
  4. Congrats on tying the knot. Now the adventure truly begins, so enjoy the ride.
  5. Congratulations on finding your forever partner.
  6. Congratulations on finding "The One." To love, everlasting.
  7. Cheers to the happy couple. Wishing you a lifetime of health, happiness, and hours of Netflix together!
  8. Congratulations on finding one another and taking this incredible step. You're in for a beautiful future together.
  9. May your marriage prove to be as beautiful as the wedding itself. Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful future together.
  10. Here's to love, laughter, and a whole lot of happily ever after. Congratulations on finding your perfect match.

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Congratulations Wishes for New Graduates

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  1. Congratulations on your graduation! What a special occasion to celebrate. We can't wait to see you grow into the person you'll become.
  2. Happy graduation. Your continued commitment to education will get you far.
  3. Congrats, graduate. Cheers to a bright future!
  4. Congratulations on crossing this milestone. Wishing you a future filled with success and happiness.
  5. You did it! Congratulations and best wishes for a bright future.
  6. Well done on your graduation. Let the learning journey continue!
  7. Congratulations. Your accomplishments are a source of inspiration to us all.
  8. Congratulations on your graduation. Remember, the sky's the limit, so always keep reaching for the stars!
  9. Hats off to your hard-earned success! Congratulations on your graduation.
  10. Congratulations on your acceptance to ______. I can't wait to see you thrive as you move into this new chapter of life.

Quotes About Success and Reward

Dictionary definition of the word congratulation.
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  1. "It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." — Leonardo da Vinci
  2. "There is no one magic move or secret that creates victory, but lots of little items that when added together can make you victorious." — Bill Toomey
  3. "When congratulations are in order, I like to wait until they're out of order to offer a high five or enthusiastic pat on the back." — Jarod Kintz
  4. "I am delighted to add my voice to the chorus of well-wishers." — Madelaine Turner
  5. "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." — C.S. Lewis
  6. "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. "The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest." — Deepika Padukone
  8. "The future depends on what you do today." — Mahatma Gandhi
  9. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." —Steve Jobs
  10. "We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes―understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success." ― Arianna Huffington
  11. "Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken."— Yogi Berra
  12. "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."— Walt Disney
  13. "Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." — Albert Einstein

Wrapping Up

That's it for our list of the best congratulations messages! Be sure to check back with us soon for even more wise words. You can also sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss out on what's next!

Carrie Weisman
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