Idioms for Happiness

Idioms for Happiness
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Happiness is a part of our lives. When you get married, when you get a promotion, or when your salary gets credited into your account, you are happy. And while you can say that you’re happy, elated, ecstatic, exhilarated or euphoric, using an idiom makes your English more native-like. Here are 30+ Idioms for Happiness along with their meanings and example sentences.


On Cloud Nine

A person who is on cloud nine is delighted because something wonderful has happened.

When I finally cleared my math test, I was on cloud nine.

In Seventh Heaven

If you are in seventh heaven, you are extremely happy.

Every time Ross wins a match, he’s in seventh heaven!

Origin: In late Jewish and Muslim theology, it was considered that there were seven heavens, and the seventh of these was the highest, where one would enjoy a state of eternal bliss.

Over The Moon

If you are over the moon about something, you are pleased about it.

When he heard the results of the exam, Sheldon was over the moon!

Origin: This phrase comes from an old nursery rhyme that includes the lines “Hey, diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon.”

On Top Of The World

If you feel on top of the world, you are thrilled because everything is going well for you.

It’s been such a good year for Rachel that she feels on top of the world.

Note: It’s an informal idiom.

Thrilled To Bits

Someone who is thrilled to bits is extremely pleased or happy about something.

Ted was thrilled to bits when his project was selected for the exhibition.

(As) Happy As A Flea In A Doghouse

If someone is (as) happy as a flea in a doghouse, they are very happy, euphoric and contented.

Since I moved to an apartment next to my parents, my mother has been as happy as a flea in a doghouse!

Like A Dog With Two Tails

If someone is like a dog with two tails, they are thrilled.

Bob has been like a dog with two tails ever since he got the new job.

As Happy as Larry (British)

If you are (as) happy as Larry, you are delighted.

When Harry won the first prize, he was as happy as Larry.

The North American version of this idiom is As Happy as a clam.

Similar: Happy as a sandboy


If you are a happy-go-lucky person, you are cheerful and carefree all the time.

She’s a happy-go-lucky sort of girl – always in good humour.

Grin From Ear To Ear

If somebody grins from ear to ear, they look very satisfied and happy.

When we saw Ron grinning from ear to ear, we knew he had aced the exam.

Music to One’s Ears

If something is music to your ears, the information that you receive makes you feel very happy.

Her compliments were music to my ears.

To Make Someone’s Day

To do something that makes the other person very happy.

My husband came home with flowers for me. This really made my day!

Do Something For Kicks

Do something because it is exciting, usually something dangerous (informal)

Emma is keen to have a go at skydiving – just for kicks.

Get A (Real) Kick Out Of Something

To enjoy something very much (informal)

He loves books. He gets a kick out of reading.

Time Of Your Life

If you have the time of your life, you enjoy yourself very much.

The kids had the time of their lives at Disneyland.

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Although you don’t quite agree with someone, it’s their choice and you think they should do whatever makes them happy.

You’re going to spend your anniversary in Alaska? Well, whatever floats your boat!

Stars In One’s Eyes

If someone has stars in their eyes, they are looking extremely happy.

Hugo had stars in his eyes when he saw the car he had won.

Fool’s Paradise

One is said to be living in a fool’s paradise if 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, refusing to accept that she is in debt.

Full Of The Joys Of Spring

If you are full of the joys of spring, you are happy, enthusiastic, and full of life and energy.

Joey is full of the joys of spring at the moment! Has he got a new girlfriend?

Grin Like A Cheshire Cat

To smile very widely, because one is happy or satisfied about something.

I knew she had aced her exam when I saw her with a grin like a Cheshire cat.

Origin: This idiom was popularized by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Happy Camper

A happy camper is someone who is content or satisfied with what is happening in their lives and has no complaints.

With his new job and his new car, Chandler is a happy camper.

Note: It’s an informal idiom.

Jump For Joy

If you say that someone is jumping for joy, you mean that they are very pleased or happy about something and are showing it with movements and gestures.

A: How did Alison take the news?
B: She didn’t jump for joy.

Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries

This expression means that life is pleasant, uncomplicated and full of enjoyment. This phrase is often used ironically to mean the opposite.

I won a lottery, got a promotion and got engaged in the span of a week! Life is just a bowl of cherries these days!

Never Looked Back

If you say that you never looked back, you mean that you did something and never regretted your decision.

Since she had a baby, she decided to work from home, and she has never looked back.

Paint The Town Red

If you paint the town red, you go out and enjoy yourself flamboyantly.

When I visit Paris, I’ll paint the town red.

Note: It’s an informal idiom.

(As) Pleased (or Proud) As Punch

Someone who is as pleased or as proud as punch is delighted or proud about something.

David was as proud as punch when he won the cricket match.

In Raptures

If you are in raptures about something, you are delighted or very enthusiastic about it.

Lilly is in raptures about her new apartment.

In Stitches

When people are in stitches, they are laughing uncontrollably.

We watched Mr Bean yesterday. It was so funny that everyone was in stitches.

Note: It’s an informal idiom.

Tickled Pink

If you are tickled pink, you are amused or very pleased about something.

My mom was tickled pink when she was asked to introduce the guest speaker.

Float (or Walk) On Air

When you are happy and excited because of a pleasant event that makes you feel as if you are floating, you say that you are floating or walking on air.

Sophie has been walking on air since she and Chris started going out together.

Not The End Of The World

It is used to tell someone that what has happened is nothing serious, that it’s no big deal.

If you don’t do so well in your exam, it’s not the end of the world.

Have A Whale Of A Time

If you have a whale of a time, you have a lot of fun

At last night’s party, I ate good food, drank, danced, and generally had a whale of a time.

Let One’s Hair Down

If you let your hair down, you relax and enjoy yourself.

Tomorrow is your anniversary. Go home early tonight and let your hair down.

Note: It’s an informal idiom.

Jump For Joy

If you jump for joy, you are thrilled and excited about something that has happened.

Monica didn’t jump for joy when she heard about the new job opportunity.

With Your Head In The Clouds

When someone’s head is in the clouds, they are out of touch with reality – they are daydreaming.

Komal has her head in the clouds if she thinks she can beat me at chess.

A Silver Lining

A positive or more hopeful aspect to a bad situation, even though this may not be immediately apparent.

He lost his job at the company he worked at for over a decade, but as a result, he started his own business. Every cloud has a silver lining.

Origin: The complete form of the phrase is the proverb, “Every cloud has a silver lining”.

A Happy Bunny

A happy bunny is someone who is happy, satisfied, and or content.

Barney copied my answers in the exam and scored higher than me. Certainly, I am not a happy bunny.

Bursting With Joy

You say that you are bursting with joy when there is a lot of happiness in your heart, and it’s about to burst out.

When Akash got the acting gig, he was bursting with joy.

Note: You can also burst with excitement, pride, or any other noun showing a positive emotional state. You can also use a noun indicating a negative emotional state, such as anger. You can also ironically use this idiom, especially when someone asks something stupid or obvious. For example, “How are you feeling about getting dumped by her?” “Well, I am not bursting with joy.”