What do you say when you’re happy? Like, really happy? If your answer is, “I’m happy,” keep reading! With so many descriptive words in the English language, there’s sure to be a more interesting and informative way to talk about your positive emotions.
Let’s have a look at a few different ways you can express your happiness: for yourself and for others.
English adjectives to express happiness
Let’s start with the basics . . . some good, strong adjectives!
The structure here is: Subject + be + adjective
When you’re using an adjective, the word form won’t change. While the subject and the “be” verb can vary, the adjective will always stay the same.
The following adjectives all convey feelings of happiness with slight differences.
- Chuffed (U.K. – informal)
→ Very pleased
Her aunt sent her a lovely birthday gift – she’s chuffed! (present simple)
→ Very happy or excited
She was ecstatic when she learned she was pregnant. (past simple)
- Stoked (U.S. – informal)
→ Extremely excited
Everyone is stoked about the camping trip next weekend! (present simple)
→ Filled with happiness
If they offer me the promotion at work, I will be overjoyed! (future simple)
English idioms to express happiness
As you may know, an idiom is a group of words that, together, create a new meaning that’s different from the meaning of each separate word.
Although they sometimes seem like nonsense, these phrases can be a fantastic way to express your feelings specifically and accurately.
Idioms beginning with a preposition
Idioms that begin with prepositions – like on, over, or in, – can be used in basically the same way as the adjectives described above. While the subject and the tense of the “be” verb can change, the idiom itself will stay the same.
Their structure looks like this: subject + be + idiom
The following idioms all have more or less the same meaning, as well; they express a feeling of extreme happiness.
- On cloud nine
We have a brand new apartment downtown – I’m on cloud nine! (present simple)
- Over the moon
When my friend found out she was getting her dream job, she was over the moon! (past simple)
- On top of the world
Whenever I finish a good workout, I’m on top of the world. (present simple)
- In seventh heaven
Try some of the cake my mom made: You’ll be in seventh heaven! (future simple)
What did you notice about the above idioms?
Well, they’re all about being very high up! The idea of happiness is often connected with rising high above the world.
Idioms beginning with a verb
This next set of idioms is a little different: They contain verbs, so their structure can change depending on the subject and the time of the action.
- Grin from ear to ear
→ To smile widely
You look like you have some good news – you’re grinning from ear to ear! (present continuous)
- Jump for joy
→ To be very happy or excited about something
When I finally see my boyfriend after two months apart, I’ll jump for joy! (future simple)
- Have the time of (one’s) life
→ To have an extremely fun or exciting time
I wish you’d come on vacation with us! We had the time of our lives! (past simple)
English expressions to show happiness for others
When someone shares good news with you, it’s important to respond correctly. If you don’t have the right words, it might seem like you’re not happy or excited – you might even appear a bit rude.
Well, don’t worry! Here are some expressions to help you show happiness or excitement for others!
Wow! You got a perfect score on your maths exam!
You were selected to make a speech at your graduation ceremony? That’s amazing!
It’s great that you’re finally getting a new car. You deserve it!
You’re moving? Fantastic! I can’t wait to see your new house!
- I’m so excited for you
I heard you’re quitting your job to become a singer. I’m so excited for you!
Better than happy
Next time you’re feeling good, think beyond “happy.” Try some of the expressions above to add more meaning to your conversations!
Being able to express your emotions will definitely help you to feel happier in the long run! Visit the Lingoda website and sign up for your free 7-day trial with our native speaking teachers today. You’ll start speaking the language from day one and will be able to confidently express yourself in no time.