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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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walk on sunshine

n. to be really happy. I’m in love and I’m walking on sunshine.
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They stood, or sat, or reclined upon the grass, as seemed good to each, with the departing sunshine falling obliquely over them, and mingling its subdued cheerfulness with the solemnity of a grove of ancient trees, beneath and amid the boughs of which the golden rays were constrained to pass.
And, though he pretended to dislike the sunshine of the upper world, yet the effect of the child's presence, bedimmed as she was by her tears, was as if a faint and watery sunbeam had somehow or other found its way into the enchanted hall.
So she finally consented to go, and they set out together, both carrying torches, although it was broad daylight and clear sunshine.
From above came one thin knife-edge of sunshine, and fifteen feet over our heads one saw the tops of the reeds swaying against the deep blue sky.
Leave your clutter in the hall, boys, and sit quietly down if you choose to stop here, for we are busy," said Aunt Plenty, shaking her finger at the turbulent Clan, who were bubbling over with the jollity born of spring sunshine and healthy exercise.
Presently the way began to lighten and more of the sunshine to come in between the two mountains.
She recalled the first morning she had wakened in that little porch room, when the sunshine had crept in on her through the blossom- drift of the old Snow Queen.
They were married in the sunshine of the old orchard, circled by the loving and kindly faces of long-familiar friends.
But every flower stood in the sunshine, and dreamed its own fairy tale or its own story: and they all told her very many things, but not one knew anything of Kay.
At last she could run no longer; she sat down on a large stone, and when she looked about her, she saw that the summer had passed; it was late in the autumn, but that one could not remark in the beautiful garden, where there was always sunshine, and where there were flowers the whole year round.
And she was so much the woman, clinging and appealing, sunshine and dew to my manhood, rooting it deeper and sending through it the sap of a new strength.
He slowly moved his head back and forth under it and turned from side to side, now in the sunshine, now in the shade, feeling the shadow, as it were, testing it by sensation.
The sunshine seemed to have brought out a copper tinge from her abundant brown hair.
The salt wind, soft with sunshine, blew in their faces.
Sunshine gleams between the lines of those short paragraphs--sunshine and the glitter of the sea.