What are the different ways to talk about happiness? In this lesson we will learn how to talk about our feelings. Read on to learn these English expressions and we’re certain that you’ll be ‘over the moon’.
Jump for joy
To jump for joy is to be very happy about something that has happened. So happy you feel like jumping up and down to celebrate.
The students were so happy their exams were over that they were jumping for joy.
As happy as Larry
You might hear Australians use as the phrase ‘happy as Larry’ to describe a feeling of extreme happiness.
The phrase ‘happy as Larry’ seems to have originated in Australia or New Zealand.
It’s sometimes said to be inspired by Australia boxer Larry Foley, an undefeated prize fighter. We’re not sure why he was so happy, but his last fight in 1879 earned him about 1000 pounds – about $100,000 in today’s money – so that might have helped!
The child was as happy as Larry when his mother took him to the toy shop.
Over the moon
To be ‘over the moon’ is to be very happy, even delighted, often about a specific thing.
John got engaged today and he is over the moon.
She was over the moon when she found out she won first prize in the lottery.
‘Happy camper’ is a modern expression used to refer to someone who is satisfied with their situation.
Don’t they look like happy campers in their new house?
The phrase can also used in the negative, to talk about someone who is not a happy camper at all.
Those people waiting for tickets don’t look like happy campers.
You might also call them ‘unhappy campers’.