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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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Summary: Backstage at the Ray of Sunshine concert in London, Adam Lambert spoke about his latest album success.
Lambert performed at the concert for the Ray of Sunshine charity along with JLS, Conor Maynard and Alexandra Burke, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
What will we do without the ray of sunshine that is Donna, second right?
The youngster was taken to the TV studios by the Ray of Sunshine charity to meet his idol Louis, and Simon Cowell was happy to show his softer side by spending time with Connor too.
The sky was filled with sunshine at Overgate Hospice, Elland, yesterday as part of the Ray of Sunshine Family Fun Day.
On winning the prize, Brookmyre, who is from Glasgow, quipped, 'My favourite PG Wodehouse quote is, 'It is seldom difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman and a ray of sunshine' - today I'd like to think that I resemble the ray of sunshine.