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lighten something up

to make something lighter or brighter. Some white paint will lighten this room up a lot. The sunlight came in and lightened up the kitchen.
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lighten up (on someone or something)

to be less rough and demanding or rude with someone or something. Please lighten up on her. You are being very cruel. You are too harsh. Lighten up.
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lighten up

to become lighter or brighter. (See also lighten up (on someone or something).) We applied a new coat of white paint to the walls, and the room lightened up considerably. The sky is beginning to lighten up a little.
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lighten up

Become or cause to become less serious or gloomy, and more cheerful. For example, Lighten up, Sam-it'll turn out all right. This slangy expression transfers reducing a physical weight to a change of mood or attitude.
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lighten up

v.
1. To make something appear lighter in shade: The artist lightened up the paint by mixing in some white. Those mirrors really lighten the room up.
2. To become lighter in shade: These pants are too dark now, but they will lighten up after they've been washed a lot.
3. To make something more pleasant and less serious or depressing: The jokes lightened up the tone of the meeting. I didn't mean to be disrespectful—I was just trying to lighten things up.
4. To take matters less seriously: Everything will work out fine, so stop worrying and lighten up.
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I went to a one-day Lighten Up workshop and it was 'halleluiah, this makes so much sense'.
Jo hits back: 'With Lighten Up, if someone says they want to eat a piece of chocolate cake that is fine.
We're excited to add Lighten Up 4 Life to Stamats Healthcare Marketing's portfolio of services," said Bill Stamats, Vice President of Business Development.
The Lighten Up 4 Life acquisition was finalized in January; full integration with the Stamats Healthcare Marketing brand and its other services has recently been completed.
About Lighten Up 4 Life Lighten Up 4 Life is a web-based wellness outreach program that helps hospitals and healthcare systems engage with local communities and inspire positive lifestyle changes.
One way Americans plan to lighten up is to watch their intake of sugar and carbohydrates -- 35 percent of survey respondents plan to do this.
When Americans were asked about other unique ways they planned to lighten up without losing flavor or excitement, responses included finding fun ways to get more exercise and spend more time with family, such as walking more, working in their yards, remodeling their homes, playing more with their children or grandchildren, coaching sport teams and exercising with pets.
The new four-week weight loss plan is written by the co-authors of the original Lighten Up book Pete Cohen, of GMTV's Inch Loss Island fame and personal trainer and motivator; with Judith Verity, freelance health writer and personal development consultant.
You'll also pick up tips on how to enjoy a more active lifestyle by introducing easy exercise into every day life and become empowered to make your own food and lifestyle choices thanks to the unique Lighten Up motivation skills.
Dr Paula Franklin, managing director of Lighten Up supported by BUPA says: "The Lighten Up Four-Week Weight Loss Programme provides a realistic means to breaking the endless cycle of dieting and putting on weight again which is so often the case for people following conventional diets.
adults prefer eating their favorite food, compared to 41 percent who would rather work out, as the best way to lighten up their day.
As stress levels continue to rise, finding new ways to lighten up has become more important to people," says Dr.