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How to express how HAPPY you are

How to express how HAPPY you are

(I’m happy as a clam you’re here on my blog 😁)

Sometimes it is difficult to express our feelings in our own native language, not to mention doing so in a foreign language. So, if you’re trying to learn English as an ESL learner, you’ll need to be prepared. That means studying phrasal verbs and common English idioms.

Today, I direct your attention to this article, which discusses many English language idioms that can be used to express happiness. Most of these phrases related to happiness or excitement are used in everyday English.

Learn how to express happiness in a sentence in many different ways.


-Over the moon

= extremely pleased and happy

  • Do you remember how happy we were when we first stayed out for a night? We were over the moon.


-In seventh heaven

= in a very happy state

  • After I was given my first camera I was in seventh heaven.


-have a whale of a time

= to enjoy yourself very much:

  • We had a whale of a time on holiday.


-On cloud nine

= to be extremely happy and excited

  • “Was Helen pleased about getting that job?”. “Pleased? She was on cloud nine!”


-On the top of the world

= use to emphasize that you feel extremely happy and healthy

  • Two months before she gave birth to Jason she left work feeling on top of the world.


-Happy as a clam

= very happy and comfortable

  • When her parents left for holiday, she was happy as a clam staying alone in the house.


-Like a dog with two tails

=To look and be very happy.

  • Was he pleased? He was like a dog with two tails.


-Happy camper

=someone who is happy with their situation:

  • I’ve just found out about the pay cut and I’m not a happy camper.


-a happy bunny


=someone who is satisfied with a situation

  • The boss was not a happy bunny, I can tell you.


-Have the Time of Your Life

=To have the time of your life is to have a very exciting and enjoyable experience. Although this idiom can mean to have the most enjoyable experience one has ever had, it is often exaggerated.

  • “We had the time of our lives surfing this summer.”


-Happy as Larry

=When you are as happy as Larry, you are, of course, very happy. But who is Larry? No one is certain but it is believed that ‘Larry’ refers to an Australian boxer called Larry Foley (1878 – 1917) who after receiving a large payment after winning a fight was described in a newspaper as being ‘happy’. Somehow this description stuck and is now used all these years later.

  • My brother was as happy as Larry with her birthday present.

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