with a light heart

with a light heart

With a carefree, uplifted attitude; in a happy or gladdened state. Though it was, of course, bittersweet to leave my friends and family behind, I did so with a light heart because of the amazing opportunities that awaited me in Europe.
See also: heart, light
References in classic literature ?
Then up he got with a light heart, free from all his troubles, and walked on till he reached his mother's house, and told her how very easy the road to good luck was.
though it may be not so much with a light heart, as with a measure of self-confidence and unquenchable hope.
Yesterday, at dusk, I was working in my shop with a light heart when the little hunchback, who was more than half drunk, came and sat in the doorway.
A post-nuptial explanation, which might be accepted with a light heart by a rougher man, might not be received with the same feeling by him.
I promised I wouldn't and Peter went off with a light heart.
Now, if it had been the old major I would have swung for him with a light heart.
Bumble left the building with a light heart, and bright visions of his future promotion: which served to occupy his mind until he reached the shop of the undertaker.
There was gravity in his face, but it was the gravity of a man who has learnt to look upon serious things with a light heart.
There are twelve chief men among you, and counting myself there are thirteen; contribute, each of you, a clean cloak, a shirt, and a talent of fine gold; let us give him all this in a lump down at once, so that when he gets his supper he may do so with a light heart.
It would be difficult to cross this melancholy desert of Saint Bruno's with a light heart.
It was with a light heart and a light step that he made his way back to the hotel.
And yet he hailed the morning on which he had resolved to quit London, with a light heart, and sprang from his bed with an elasticity of spirit which is happily the lot of young persons, or the world would never be stocked with old ones.
It appears he had persuaded a Dutch trading-house on the coast to fit him out with stores and goods, and had started for the interior with a light heart, and no more idea of what would happen to him than a baby.