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ray of sunshine

Someone or something that makes others feel happy and positive, often during a difficult time. My best friend was a real ray of sunshine when I was recovering from surgery.
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life isn't all sunshine and rainbows

Real life does not just consist of innocent, carefree happiness; there is more hardship or suffering in reality than one realizes. I know it's ugly having to see someone you cared about betray you like that, but life isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Friends who aren't parents themselves will have a harder time realizing that life isn't all sunshine and rainbows when you have a new baby in the house.
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a ray of sunshine

1. If you describe someone as a ray of sunshine, you mean that they are always happy and pleasant. Neighbours described the 4-year-old girl as `a ray of sunshine — a cheerful little girl who brightened up all our lives'. Note: You often hear people say that someone is like a ray of sunshine. Kim is like a ray of sunshine, a wonderful and beautiful girl who has completely changed my life. Note: This expression is sometimes used ironically to describe a person who is always miserable and negative.
2. If you describe something as a ray of sunshine, you mean it brings happiness, often during a sad or hopeless time. Emily Jones's first birthday next week will be a ray of sunshine in the darkness of the coming days. Note: You often hear people say that something is like a ray of sunshine. The news was like a ray of sunshine in the winter's gloom. Note: You can also say that something brings a ray of sunshine to someone or something. The Oscars bring a ray of sunshine to our dark February days.
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ray of sunshine

someone or something that brings happiness into the lives of others.
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a ray of ˈsunshine

(informal) a person or thing that makes somebody’s life happier: She calls her granddaughter her ‘little ray of sunshine’.
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walk on sunshine

n. to be really happy. I’m in love and I’m walking on sunshine.
See also: on, sunshine, walk
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Although in offering these two different possibilities the narrator appears to occupy a disinterested position, only sentences later he sides with Clifford in his aggravated decision to close the book on the "calamity" of Phoebe's sunshiny tears.
The sunshiny Jimmy, redolent of Ajaccio Violets, salutes James Schuyler.
Reading between the lines, the outlook does not seem to be sunshiny for Chandra Wilson's Bailey.
Her exuberant accompanying expression, "Have a bright sunshiny yellow day
The combination of lovely nutty flavoured chickpeas and aromatic sunshiny spices was well-balanced while the accompanying Basmati rice was light and fluffy.
He knew she was smiling because he could see her now, could see her and the sunshiny wrinkles on her face and the roaring waterfall and the rest of the world beyond the window glass.
He believes grandmas are supposed to have sunshiny houses with rocking chairs and green-grass yards and porches, and they are supposed to bake cookies and have grandpas who live with them.
With flavors like hot-pink raspberry, sunshiny lemon and green mint-chocolate, you can literally taste the rainbow.
The informants write journal entries about what makes them feel happiest or most inspired (a mountain hike, a darkroom project, a sunshiny room).
On Labour Day weekend, recalled by some as "warm and sunshiny," Mitchell Sharp convened a gathering of senior bureaucrats from his department and a select few from the Department of Manpower and Immigration to discuss the "deteriorating situation.
To Him Whose Brave and Blithe Endurance Made Those Who Followed Him Forget, In His Sunshiny Presence Half the Hardship and the Danger.
As if a reward for attending the final farm walks on Saturday morning, the sky opened up for a glorious, sunshiny day just in time for the planned South African braai (barbeque) at the winery just adjacent to Medallion Mushrooms.
How funny," he said, "To feel snow on my head On this beautiful sunshiny day.
That's gone in "The Happening," which opens on a bright, sunshiny day in Central Park where people suddenly stop in their tracks and start killing themselves.
LEFT ON THE 9:00 TRAIN for London and from there to Bournemouth--after four hours of riding with my "Aching Back," we made it--and found a wonderfully clean and neat, also sunshiny and warm, little resort town.