|on cloud nine||A person who is on cloud nine is very happy because something wonderful has happened.|
When the boss announced my promotion, I was on cloud nine.
|cry one’s eyes out||If you cry your eyes out, you cry a lot and for a long time.|
My son cried his eyes out when he discovered his bike had been stolen.
|like a dog with two tails||If someone is like a dog with two tails, they are extremely happy.|
When Paul won the first prize he was like a dog with two tails.
|down in the dumps||Someone who is down in the dumps is depressed or feeling gloomy.|
Alex has been down in the dumps since he failed his exam.
|down in the mouth||When someone is down in the mouth, they look unhappy, discouraged or depressed.|
You look a bit down in the mouth. What’s the matter?
|face like a wet week-end||If someone has a face like a wet week-end, they look sad and miserable.|
What’s wrong with Pete? He’s got a face like a wet week-end!
|fool’s paradise||If someone is living in a fool’s paradise, they are in a state of contentment that will not last because their happiness is based|
on illusion or false hope.
Lisa is living in a fool’s paradise if she thinks her boss is going to marry her.
|fulls of the joys of spring||If you are full of the joys of spring, you are happy, enthusiastic and full of energy.|
Barbara is full of the joys of spring at the moment! Has she got a new boyfriend?
|grin from ear to ear||If somebody grins from ear to ear, they look vey satisfied and happy.|
When we saw Paul grinning from ear to ear, we knew he had passed the exam.
|grin like a Cheshire cat||When someone has a smile on their face because they are happy or satisfied about something, they grin like a Cheshire cat.|
I knew she had succeeded when I saw her with a grin like a Cheshire cat.
|happy camper||Someone who is a happy camper is generally content or satisfied with what is happening in their lives and has no complaints.|
With his new job and his new car, Andy is a happy camper.
|happy as a flea in a doghouse||If someone is (as) happy as a flea in a doghouse, they are very happy and contented.|
Since she moved to a smaller apartment, my mother is as happy as a flea in a doghouse!
|happy as Larry||If you are (as) happy as Larry, you are very happy indeed.|
My dad’s as happy as Larry at the week-end when we all arrive home.
|happy-go-lucky||If you are a happy-go-lucky person, you are cheerful and carefree all the time.|
He’s a happy-go-lucky sort of guy – always in good humour.
|your heart sinks||If your heart sinks, you feel very unhappy and despondent.|
My heart sank when I saw the amount of work waiting for me.
|jump for joy||When people jump for joy, they express their happiness through excited movements and gestures.|
The player jumped for joy when he scored the winning goal.
|life is just a bowl of cherries||This expression means that life is pleasant and uncomplicated.|
(This phrase is often used ironically to mean the opposite.)
Now that he’s retired, my grandfather says ‘life is just a bowl of cherries’.
|lump in your throat||If you have a lump in your throat, you have a tight feeling in your throat because of a strong emotion such as sadness or gratitude.|
The speech was so touching that I had a lump in my throat.
|music to your ears||If something is music to your ears, the information that you receive makes you feel very happy.|
His compliments were music to my ear.
|never looked back||If you say that you never looked back, you mean that after an event which changed your life for the better, you continue to be happy with the situation.|
Since the day she decided to work from home, she has never looked back.
|over the moon||If you are over the moon about something, you are very happy about it.|
When she heard the results of the exam, Caroline was over the moon!
|paint the town red||If you paint the town red, you go out and enjoy a lively evening in bars, night-clubs, etc.|
To celebrate the victory, the team’s supporters painted the town red.
|as pleased as punch||Someone who is as pleased or as proud as punch is delighted or feels very satisfied about something.|
Danny was as proud as punch when he won the tennis match.
|in raptures||If you are in raptures about something, you are delighted or very enthusiastic.|
Caroline is in raptures about her new apartment.
|stars in your eyes||If someone has stars in their eyes, they are looking extremely happy.|
She had stars in her eyes when she saw the car she had won.
|in seventh heaven||If you are in seventh heaven, you are extremely happy.|
Every time she wins a match, she’s in seventh heaven!
|in stitches||When people are in stitches, they are laughing a lot.|
The story was so funny, everyone was in stitches.
|thrilled to bits||Someone who is thrilled to bits is extremely pleased about something.|
Julie was thrilled to bits when her project was selected.
|tickled pink||If you are tickled pink, you are very pleased about something.|
My dad was tickled pink when he was asked to announce the winner.
|time of your life||If you have the time of our life, you enjoy yourself very much.|
The kids had the time of their lives at Disneyland.
|on top of the world||If you feel on top of the world, you are extremely happy because everything is going well for you.|
It’s been such a good year for Amy that she feels on top of the world.
|walking on air||When you are happy and excited because of a pleasant event that makes you feel as if you are floating, you are walking on air.|
Sophie has been walking on air since her painting won the first prize.
|whatever floats your boat||Although you don’t quite agree with someone, it’s their choice and you think they should so whatever makes them happy.|
You’re going to spend your honeymoon in Alaska? Well, whatever floats your boat!