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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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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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School principal, Katie Philpott, said: "I am thrilled that we've been able to help such a great cause and hopefully brighten up the lives of some brave children with the help of the Rays of Sunshine and we plan to continue fundraising for them in the future.
We can't thank Rays of Sunshine enough for giving her a holiday of a lifetime.
Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity brightens up the lives of seriously ill children in the UK, who are aged three to 18 years old, by granting wishes, granting hospital ward wishes and organising outings and largescale events for seriously ill children, including The Rays of Sunshine Concert.
Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity brightens u p the lives of seriously ill childrenintheUK, who are aged three to 18 years old, by granting wishes, granting hospital ward wishes and organising outings and large scale events for seriously ill children, including The Rays of Sunshine Concert.
net RAYS OF SUNSHINE COOKBOOK * Gordon Ramsay, Delia Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow and JLS are amongst the celebrities who have contributed to a Rays of Sunshine cookbook called A Dish for a Wish.
Ms Wright said: "I've always thought Rays Of Sunshine did great work giving seriously ill children something to smile about, so I chose them.
Speaking at the Rays Of Sunshine concert at the Royal Albert Hall he said: "I purposely kept my old phone number to see if anyone would crawl out of the wood work and call me.
RAYS of Sunshine children's charity grants wishes for seriously ill children in the UK aged 3-18.
Andrew Thomas Nutt, Bargoed SIR - Rays of Sunshine children's charity grants wishes for seriously ill children in the UK aged three to 18.
The guests present for dinner at Rays Of Sunshine in Wrotham Park, close to her Barnet home, received a pleasant surprise when she appeared out of nowhere for a five-song set.
Bracelet-Mates also leave your hands free to participate in activities such as enjoying the day at an amusement park or catching a few rays of sunshine at the beach (don't forget your sunscreen).
Its cathedral-like quality is even more compelling in the autumn, when visitation is down and the slanting rays of sunshine illuminate the ruddy trunks of the Grizzly Giant and 500 other ancient trees.
FRANKIE and Benny's in Cardiff will be offering breakfast-lovers a free meal on Thursday, August 4, in support of Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity.
So when the Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity offered to grant him a wish, he asked for his very own football pitch in his back garden so he could play with his brothers.
Dylan Berry Billbrough, from Billingham, took part in the event organised by charity Rays of Sunshine.