Expressions of Happiness

We all want to receive expressions of happiness.

Whenever something good happens in our lives, we want to express our happiness and joy. But sometimes it can be tricky to find the right words to capture those feelings.

There are generally three types of expressions of happiness. The first is the idiom, which is a phrase that has a meaning that is not literal. Second are quotes, which are phrases said by famous or well-known people. Third are sayings, which are phrases that have become popular over time.

In this post, we’ll explore a few different expressions for happiness and joy, and explain how to use them correctly. Let’s get started!

List of Adjectives and Synomyns Associated with Expressions of Happiness

What is an expression of happiness?

An expression of happiness is a phrase or saying that captures a feeling.

An expression of happiness is also any phrase that communicates a feeling of happiness, excitement or joy. They are often words that can be easily understood.

Happiness is also a state of mind, but there are several words that can be used to talk about the circumstances, causes, or intensity of pleasure. 

Per the website for Roget’s Thesaurus, here are some ‘words’ which are known as synonyms associated with happiness and joy:

  • Bliss – Unconditional happiness.
  • Laughter – Emotion of overwhelming happiness and humor.
  • Elation – Being ‘over the moon’ type of feelings.
  • Euphoria – A feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.
  • Exhilaration – A feeling of immense joy and excitement.
  • Glee – Of great delight.
  • Joy – The highest level of experience the emotion of happiness.
  • Jubilation – A feeling of great triumph.
  • Pleasure – A feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment.
  • Prosperity – The state of being prosperous.
  • Well-Being – The state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.
  • Cheerfulness – The quality or state of being noticeably happy and optimistic.
  • Delirium – A state of wild ‘excitement’.
  • Ecstacy – An overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement.
  • Enchantment – A feeling of great pleasure; delight or magic.
  • Exuberance – The quality of being full of energy, excitement, and cheerfulness; ebullience.
  • Gaiety – The state of ‘merrymaking’ or quality of being lightedhearted and cheerful.
  • Cheerfulness – The quality of causing happiness.
  • Gladness – A condition of supreme well-being and good spirits or bliss.
  • Hilarity – A state of extreme amusement, especially when expressed by laughter.
  • Merriment – A state of being full of gaiety and fun.
  • Mirth – A state of amusement, especially as expressed in laughter.
  • Lightheartedness – A state of free from care, anxiety, or seriousness
  • Paradise –  A place or state of bliss, felicity, or delight.
  • Playfulness – The quality of being light-hearted or full of fun.
  • Rejoicing – A state of great joy; jubilation.
  • Vivacity – The quality of being attractively lively and animated.

Per the educational blog, in their article about Engllish Expressions of Happiness, they provide these other examples of adjectives and synonyms are as follows:

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  • Pleased / Pleasant – Happy and satisfied with the outcome of something. An atmosphere that gives a sense of happiness and enjoyment.
  • Content / Contentment – Happy and satisfied with your life.
  • Delighted / Delight – feeling or showing great pleasure and enjoyment.
  • Optimistic / Optimism – Hopeful and positive person.
  • Carefree / Carefreeness – Content, free from anxiety or responsibility.

Top Idioms for Happiness 

15 top idioms for happiness expressions are as follows:

  1. To feel on top of the world: to feel extremely happy
  2. To be in seventh heaven: to be very happy
  3. To jump for joy: to feel great happiness and show it by jumping up and down
  4. To walk on air: to be sohappy that you feel you are floating or walking above the ground
  5. To have butterflies in your stomach: to be nervous and excited about something at the same time
  6. To have a spring in your step: to move somewhere with extra energy and enthusiasm.
  7. To Be A Happy Camper – to be in good spirits.
  8. To Be Happy As A Clam – to be happy as a clam at high tide
  9. Happy Go Lucky – Someone always in a good mood and having a positive attitude.
  10. To Be Happy As The Day Is Long – Being very content.
  11. To Be ‘Tickled Pink’ – To be so happy your face turns ‘pink’.
  12. Actions speak louder than words, so be sure to live up to your words.
  13. To be pleased as punch:  to be so pleased, you are very happy and delighted.
  14. To Be Full of the joys of spring – This idiom is good for expressing delight, joy, energy, and enthusiasm.
  15. To Jump for joy – You jump for joy when you are so happy and excited you punch in the air, jump up, and generally laugh and smile. 

Happiness Expression Phrases

Here are some phrases that express happiness:

– to be over the moon: to be very happy

– to have a whale of a time: to have a great time

– to be in high spirits: to be very happy and full of energy

on cloud nine: very happy and content

like a kid in a candy store: feel

to have a smile on your face: to look happy

to see the glass half full: to be optimistic

life is too short: enjoy it while you can

every cloud has a silver lining: good things can come from bad experiences which can turn into ‘serendipity’ happiness.

Top 30 Happiness Expression Quotes

The following are 30 top happiness expression quotes. Hopefully, one or two or more will resonate with you!

1. “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Abraham Lincoln

2. “Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”

Benjamin Disraeli

3. “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

5. “There is only one way to Happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will.”


6. “The best feeling in the world is realizing that you’re perfectly happy without the thing you thought you needed.”


7. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”-

Nhat Hanh.

8. “Baby you make me happy. The way you make me smile. Can’t you see I’m yearning for you.”

Christina Aguilera, ‘Make Me Happy’.

9. “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. You’ll never know dear how much I love you.”

Jimmie Davis, ‘You Are My Sunshine’.

10. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

11. “You make me happy, you make me sing, there’s a bounce in my footsteps, like bunnies in spring.”

Smriti Prasadam-Halls.

12. “Give me something to do and you will make me happy.”

Maria Grazia Cucinotta.

13. “When I look at my long term goals for the rest of my life, there are so many things other than performing that make me happy.”

-Sutton Foster.

14. “You make me happy when you give me your love.”


15. “Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

St Augustine

16. “It is not how much we have but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.

Charles Spurgeon

17. “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.

James Oppenheim

18. “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

19. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

Abraham Lincoln

20. “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

Robert Brault 

21. “I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.

Jane Austen

22. “If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.

Roy T. Bennett 

23. “Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?

Hunter S. Thompson

24. “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.

Andrew Carnegie

25. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

26. “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Albert Camus

27. “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.

Joseph Addison

28. “The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.”

William Saroyan

29. “The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.”

Charles Lamb

30. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

25 Short Happy Sayings

Our blog of ‘expressions for happiness’ would not be complete without sharing these top 25 short happy sayings.

1. “A simple smile – the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.”

Dalai Lama

2. “Nothing shakes the smiling heart.”

Santosh Kalwar

3.  “Smile, Smile More, Keep On Smiling!”

Beth Elkassih

4. “Don’t worry, be happy.”

Bobby McFerrin

5.  “Happiness is a choice.”

Amy Leigh Mercree

6. “Happy girls are the prettiest.”

Audrey Hepburn

7. “Peace begins with a smile.”

Mother Teresa

8. “Be believing.  Be happy.”

Gordon Hinckley

9. “Smile more.”

Roy T. Bennett

10. “Happiness is your nature.”

Sri Ramana Maharshi

11. “Happiness is a proactive choice.”

Stephen R. Covey

12. “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough.”

Mother Teresa

13. “Smiling is an act of kindness.”

Beth Elkassih

14. “If you want to be happy… be!”

Tolstoy Leo

15. “Happiness is an inside job!”

William Arthur Ward

16. “Don’t forget to smile!”


17. “Happiness is the best makeup!”

Drew Barrymore18.

18. “A simple life is a happy life.”


19. “It’s a good day to be happy.”

Beth Elkassih

20. “Make someone happy!”


21. “Love is trembling happiness.”

Khalil Gibran

22. “Be happy. Be bright. Be you.”


23. “Be happy. It drives people crazy.”


24. “The grass is always greener where you ‘water’ it.”


25. “Think happy and be happy!”

Beth Elkassih

In Conclusion…

I hope you have enjoyed reading about expressions for happiness.  I hope you see the importance of expressing our happiness to the people we cherish and live around us. 

There are many ways of expressing happiness. You might smile, laugh or cry, but you’re sure to have a reason. In this blog, we shared what it means to communicate expressions of happiness and various ways how to do so. 

Sayings of expressions for happiness are those you can use in your everyday lives to express how you’re feeling with this extraordinary emotion known as happiness.

It’s your turn. In the comment section below, please share ‘your’ special idiom, phrase, quote or sayings of expressions of happiness!

For additional reading, please check out these five popular blog articles on quotes, affirmations, etc.

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