Get well soon

When someone we care about is unwell, we want to do something good for them. "Get well soon" As a recovery wish can have a positive effect! Here are a variety of get well sayings that will not leave the sufferer alone!

Arthur Schopenhauer
While health is not everything,
but without health everything is nothing.

Get well soon, stay in bed,
and do not forget the vitamins A to Z.

Who stands full of courage on two legs,
you can be sure,
that he would get better soon.

Healthy and lively you are in no time at all,
almost recovered already after this line,
so look ahead and have courage,
a blink of an eye and you are fine.

In order to recover, you have to endure a lot of pain.

Francis Bacon
The cure is worse than the disease.

Johann Jakob Engel
The doctor despairs only then,
when the sick no longer feels,
that he suffers.

Get well and get well fast,
even if all seems dark to you right now,
after recovery it is quickly bright again.

Marie de France
But those who do not disclose their illness can hardly find a cure for it.

Charles Lamb
How illness enlarges the dimension of the self!

Oscar Wilde
Health is the first duty in life.

A digital get well kiss,
with whom I do not have to catch.

Jole von Weibenberg
I hear you’re flat on your back, my best one!
I would like to be your nurse!

Wolf Dietrich
Defy discomfort and pain!
Get well soon from my heart!

Daniel Sanders
Never faint in thy courage;
the tide follows the ebb,
if you feel bad: you will be well again!

Frank von Schillerberg-Gosheim
Since I do not want to catch,
this kiss is unfortunately only virtual!

Jole von Weibenberg
No matter how great your suffering,
You’ll never get rid of me!

Love is the best medicine!

Friedrich Nietzsche
Wishing is a sign of recovery or improvement.

Wolf Dietrich
Even if it hurts a little and pinches:
Feel tightly and deeply pressed!

Frank von Schillerberg-Gosheim
You are a fighter before the Lord!
We love you with all our hearts!

Get well soon – with our recovery wishes

Visiting the sick: Wishing and praying

The very first visit to the sick, which is reported, was made by God himself! He visited Abraham after his circumcision and explained to the astonished Abraham that his wife Sarah would become a mother in the course of a year. The greatest wish of Abraham should therefore come true! Sarah began to laugh when she heard God’s promise, the whole mood in the house of Abraham brightened up as a result. Sara cooked something for the guest and for Abraham, and the painful procedure was forgotten. God’s visit to Abraham’s sickbed is seen as an example of how much light a visit can bring to a day full of pain.

God did not wish the sick person anything, not even a good recovery, but fulfilled his greatest wish. But the connection between illness and wishes arose at that moment.

De Jewish tradition of visiting the sick and doing them good is rooted in this divine surprise visit and is also quoted by rabbis with pleasure. The Jewish and partially ritualized visit to the sick has its own name: Bikur Cholim, which literally means "visiting the sick". From time immemorial, at the Bikur Cholim, men visit sick men and women visit sick women. make sure the room is cleaned and the sick person washed. In addition, everything was done to make the sick person optimistic about the future again. In a writing from 1914, the visit is described as follows: "Furthermore, one should also influence the sick person psychologically, entertain and comfort him, pray for his recovery."People brought flowers, something to read, fruit and wished something positive and good to cheer up the sick person.

The Bikur Cholim is a "Mitzvah", a Jewish obligation that you can’t just forget or let be. In the Torah, when visiting the sick, one also refers to a sentence from the 3. The words of the Book of Moses, which are also often quoted by Christians: "And you shall love your neighbor as yourself."The rules for a Bikur Cholim have relaxed in the meantime, women can visit men and men women. Only in very orthodox circles do people still keep to the separation of the sexes.
In Islam, too, visits to the sick are part of the duties of every Muslim, and here, too, they are divided according to gender among the strictly religious – except in the case of close relatives. Because Abraham also plays a major role in Islam. In addition, in the Koran it is reported in some places that Mohammed visited the sick and gave them encouragement.

In Christianity, the custom of visiting the sick was adopted almost one-to-one from the Jewish tradition, even though today in the Christian faith the visit no longer has any religious significance and is not an obligation. However, the division of the sexes was also common among Christians – at least in hospitals – for a long time.

Sick wishes, superstitions and letters

In the Middle Ages, visiting the sick was associated with some superstition, as people suffered from a constant fear of infection. In the Middle Ages, only a few could judge how a disease arose and whether it might not catch up with you too. Before entering the house, one looked z.B. under a stone. If you found a live beetle or earthworm there, there was still hope for the sick person and you could go in and – without lying – wish the sick person to get well soon.

In the hospitals of the Middle Ages, it was already established that the sick should eat bread and grapes in addition to meat and broths. To this day, when we visit a sick person, we usually bring some fruit along with flowers and a card. It is not uncommon to choose grapes without realizing that this tradition goes back to the Middle Ages. Sick people were not allowed to play games and had to be quiet. But reading the Bible or other literature was allowed. They were also allowed to read silently to each other. Even in those days people brought the sick person some reading material. Perhaps the Bible, or a small volume with uplifting sayings.
This custom is also still alive today and is practiced by many.

If one could not visit the sick person, one at least wrote a letter and promised a visit in the near future. When Friedrich Schiller fell ill, Goethe wrote to him: "I regret your indisposition and hope that it will soon subside. As soon as I can summon up any courage to leave the house, I will visit you."Goethe never visited him, he was a hypochondriac and avoided sick people as much as possible. But at least he promised.

For centuries, people wrote detailed letters to the sick, showing that they were thinking of them. In addition, the letters were also used to keep them informed about the general events and news in the family. Finally, in the postwar period, the get-well cards came into being, which can replace the letters of the past and with which one can hold on to the old custom of writing without much effort.

Get well wishes – worldwide get well wishes

In general, one wishes a "get well soon" and means that one hopes for a general improvement of the health condition. Since this is of course much too long and too complicated, the short form has prevailed. Sometimes one also wishes a "speedy recovery", which is purely linguistically more correct than the "get well soon". The get-well wishes are usually accompanied by a small phrase such as: "Get well soon" or "Get well soon".

In English one uses only two or three words. There, one only writes "Get well", or perhaps "Get well soon" – and everything is said.
The custom of sending get-well wishes is widespread all over the world. Also in Africa one wishes good recovery, exactly the same as in Japan, China and in South America. In poor countries, where we do not buy cards, we visit the sick person with some fruit from our own garden or we send a text message, because today there are cell phones everywhere!
In Asian regions, where Buddhism is predominant, people generally have a different relationship to illness and death. But Buddhists are also convinced that positive energy helps during an illness. There are special healing meditations for sick people and visitors like to sit silently in the sick room and meditate together with the sufferer.

Modern greeting cards and their pitfalls

Well-being wishes on cards are usually connected with funny drawings. Nothing serious should get to the sick person and perhaps darken his mood. Everything should be as light and life-affirming as possible. A very popular motive are therefore cute little bears in all variations. But of course, the four-leaf clover or a little lucky pig will also help. Ladybugs are also known to bring luck. All the good luck symbols you know are also suitable for get well cards.
In some cases, however, you should not wish the sick person "Get well soon", but rather choose a different saying. Namely, when the sick person has a chronic disease. "Get well soon", does not sound good if the sick person has just found out that he will have to fight with an ailment for the rest of his life. In the USA, one doctor even scolded the cards as "get-well cards" because he experienced that patients became sad when they read "get-well" and knew that they would never get better again. Therefore, when choosing a card, one should know exactly what the sick person is missing.

If you do not know, as is often the case with distant relatives or colleagues, then a general greeting is recommended, such as: "Laughter is the best medicine", "We wish you much strength and sunshine" or "We are thinking of you".

When a letter is more appropriate

In the case of very serious illnesses, however, even cute drawings and encouraging sayings can go down completely wrong. It is inappropriate to send "Laughter is the best medicine" on a card with a shamrock to a person who is about to die. If you are not very well informed about the patient, it is better to give the card to a relative, who can then deliver it according to view, or give it to the nurse and consult with her. Many sick people downplay their own illness, especially to acquaintances, more distant relatives and colleagues. Illness can also be a very intimate condition, which one does not like to talk about openly.
If you know more about the illness, it is still nice to not only sign the card, but add a longer personal letter. With such a letter, one can then also express thoughts that one cannot describe with a short saying. To a very seriously ill person, one can z.B. write: "It is difficult for me to find words to comfort you. I wish you a lot of strength and hope that your path will not be so difficult in spite of everything. We are always there for you."

Recovery wishes quite modern

Today, when people are online and reachable everywhere, and smartphones are allowed even in hospitals, many get-well wishes are also conveyed via text message, email or Facebook message. The SMS also invites to funny drawing games: "This lucky fish should bring you health><>". As so often, there are no limits to the imagination. For emails and Facebook messages, there are ready-made electronic cards with music and bouncing figures. Especially for sick children and teenagers you can find very funny things that really cheer up and make you laugh.

But you can also send a get-well message by SMS, email or on Facebook without a ready-made electronic card. The choice is huge. There are contemplative sayings, such as "The best medicine for man is man. The highest reason for this remedy is love."There are wise sayings like: "To recognize one’s illness is the first way to healing". And there are especially funny sayings, such as: "Much better than the good will sometimes works a good pill". With a few words, you can at least show the sick person that you are thinking of him or her. A little "I’ll visit you soon" or "I’ll come tomorrow" makes the greeting even better!

What to give?

To a sick visit, no matter whether at home or in the hospital, one brings naturally also always a small gift along. Of course there are also flowers! Potted plants, on the other hand, are absolutely taboo; in many hospitals they are even forbidden. There are many reasons for this. But potting soil can contain fly larvae and bacteria, and has no place in a hospital room! Colorful balloons have become popular, a custom that has come over to us from the USA. Balloons are still mostly seen in maternity wards or children’s hospitals, but many sick people also enjoy fun balloons! You can now even send balloons in small boxes!

Since the teddy bear has become one of the favorite symbols on recovery cards, there are also numerous bears produced especially for sick people. Little teddy bears with bandages on their arms, legs and heads or with a giant band-aid on their foreheads are popular with kids and adults who are still kids at heart. You can always give a book or magazine as a gift. If you know the reading tastes of the sick person, then you should choose a new book by the favorite author. Or at least a book in the same genre! It is important that the reading material is not too heavy. By the way, there is also a suitable recovery saying for a book: "I wish you a speedy recovery. Waiting is not always easy. So I’m sending something to read so that the time will pass quickly".

If you are sick at home or have your laptop with you in the hospital, you will be happy about a DVD with a new, good movie or a box with a TV series. An illness can not only be stressful, but also quite boring! Everything that entertains the sick without straining him is therefore permitted and welcome. However, you should be careful with chocolates or wine! We don’t know what diet the doctor has prescribed and whether the sick person has any problems we don’t know about. A small fruit basket or a bowl of grapes or strawberries is definitely more meaningful. By the way, there are also funny sayings that perfectly fit a small fruit basket. "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is probably the most famous one. But you can also quote the ancient physician Hippocrates, to whom all doctors-to-be swear their oath to this day: "Your food shall be your remedy and your remedy shall be your food."

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