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How to End a Letter

Convey a powerful meaning to readers by choosing the right sign-off.


  • Step 1: Use loving endings Show someone how much you care by ending with "Love," "Lots of love," "Much love," "Love always," or "Love forever."
  • Step 2: Use informal words Use casual language to have your reader feel the warmth of your friendship. These include: "Hugs," "Write soon," "Your friend," and "Take care."
  • TIP: Write your own signature ending that expresses yourself.
  • Step 3: Show gratitude End with a thank you to show gratitude to your reader.
  • Step 4: Express best wishes Express a positive ending by using "Best wishes," or "Wish you well," for a resignation letter.
  • TIP: Best wishes," and "Wish you well," can be used for a sympathy letter.
  • Step 5: Express kinship with a closing such as "God bless" if you share the same spiritual beliefs.
  • Step 6: End a formal business letter End a formal letter with "Yours truly," if you do not know the name of the person you are writing to.
  • Step 7: End a formal business letter End a formal letter with "Sincerely," or "Yours sincerely," if you are familiar with the addressee, know their name, or spoke to them on the phone.
  • TIP: When in doubt, use "Sincerely," to end your letter so you do not offend the reader.
  • Step 8: Sign your name Sign your name after the closing. Write both your first and last name if you do not have a personal relationship with the reader.
  • FACT: Did you know? Handwriting analysts, or graphologists, maintains handwriting reveals personality traits, including emotional stability, aggressiveness, recklessness, and rebelliousness.

You Will Need

  • A letter
  • Sincerity

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