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Want to be more positive? Here are the English idioms and expressions you need!


Think about this for a moment:

How are you feeling today? Are you on “top of the world” or feeling somewhat “bummed out”?

The English language boasts an entire collection of ‘lovely’ expressions and idioms to use when we want to relay feelings of positivity.

Feeling Positive: Best English Expressions and Idioms to use 

“Over the Moon”  

This is undeniably one of the most common expressions used in the English language to relay feelings of happiness and positivity. And what it means is exactly what it says: you are feeling so positive that you want to jump over the moon!

How to use in a sentence:  

“Jane just bought a new car and she loves it. She is over the moon.” 

“On Cloud Nine”

This one is somewhat similar to the first and happens to be another common expression associated with feeling happy and positive. When you’re ‘on cloud nine’ you feel like you’re floating through air on a cloud.

How to use in a sentence:

“Hey, have you heard? I got a promotion. I’m on cloud nine!”

“Grin from Ear to Ear”

When was the last time you experienced a moment that made you want to ‘grin from ear to ear’? While it isn’t actually physically possible, you probably understand what it means to be extremely content with something. So much so that you can’t help but have an enormous smile on your face… almost from one ear…to the other.

How to use in a sentence:

“I think Susan just struck a goldmine (earn a lot of money) with that new job because she can’t stop grinning from ear to ear”.

“Happy Camper”

Even though this expression isn’t as ‘strong’ as the first two, which are used to express extreme feelings of joy and positivity – being a ‘happy camper’ means that you’re generally content with what’s happening in your life.

How to use in a sentence:

“When they were announcing the SAT scores, I was expecting the worst. But when I saw mine, I was a happy camper. No complaints!”

“Back on your/my feet”

This is another common expression you will often hear someone using when he/she has had to deal with negative events (such as being ill or going through financial difficulties) and then recovering from whatever has happened. This expression is very positive and describes a successful transition from a negative to a positive situation.

How to use in a sentence:

“It’s only been a week since I fractured my hand, but I’m already back on my feet and doing the things I love doing.”

Did you enjoy going through this list of common expressions and idioms that relay positivity?
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The Language of Positivity

21 Idiom and Expressions

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