a ray of sunshine

a ray of sunshine

someone or something that makes you feel hopeful The company's earnings provided a ray of sunshine for investors on Friday. Sara's visit was a ray of sunshine in her grandmother's day.
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a ray of sunshine

someone or something that makes you feel happy, especially in a difficult situation Amid all the gloom, their grandchild has been a real ray of sunshine.
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You, you are a ray of sunshine, a drop of dew, the song of a bird
Here, in his prison, there was not a trace of vegetation, not an atom of soil, not a ray of sunshine.
The young man smiled again, but the expression of his face was no longer mingled with a look of anguish; it was a kind benevolent gleam of gratitude and affection which crossed his ghastly features, like a ray of sunshine enlivening the gloom of a day in winter.
They turned and walked through the forest a few steps, when Dorothy discovered something shining in a ray of sunshine that fell between the trees.
In his altered position, a ray of sunshine fell for the first time upon his gaunt but striking face.
They did not realize their ill fortune at first, for their hearts were gladdened by the sight of a ray of sunshine coming through a small crack in the roof of the cave, far overhead.
Could they care so much for a ray of sunshine, for the primeval forest, the cold spring hidden away in some unseen spot, which the tramp had marked three years before, and longed to see again, as he might to see his sweetheart, dreaming of the green grass round it and the bird singing in the bush?
But, even as a ray of sunshine, fall into what dismal place it may, instantaneously creates for itself a propriety in being there, so did it seem altogether fit that the girl should be standing at the threshold.
And Mrs Verloc, hearing these words of commendation vouchsafed to her beloved dead, swayed forward with a flicker of light in her sombre eyes, like a ray of sunshine heralding a tempest of rain.
Dirk Waldron was the only being that seemed to shed a ray of sunshine into this house of mourning.
PG Wodehouse said it is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine.
Each of the balloons had been dedicated to someone who was, or is, a ray of sunshine in their lives.
The elegant architecture, quaint rooms and charming decor of this home are like a ray of sunshine in Los Angeles' historic Windsor Square.