March is the Month of Books. In March we celebrate the International Day of Women (8th) and International Day of Teachers (28th), but
… do you know what is celebrated on 20th March??
It is the International Day of Happiness.
Many people are looking for happiness for years. They are trying to find the “secret pill” how to become happy.
Professor Ed Diener, a psychologist from the University of Illinois, says there is no one key to happiness but a set of ingredients that are vital. His formula for happiness is as follows:
pleasure + engagement + meaning = happiness
He says family and friends are crucial – the wider and deeper the relationships with those around you the better.
Though the formula above is really nice, may be the elemental root is to feel inner happiness and peace.
… And for being satisfied that we have learned something new (or have revised), let’s have a look at the following idiomatic expression about feelings.
1. to be up in arms about something
= to be very angry, complaining about something
We are up in arms about the closure of the village library.
2. something makes your blood boil
= it causes you to feel anger
Smoking neighbours really make my blood boil.
3. jump out of the skin
= to be extremely frightened
She almost jumped out of her skin when she found a spider in her bathroom.
4. to be fed up with something
= to be annoyed, frustrated, or tired of something that you have been experiencing too much of
I’m fed up with these meeting. We are here since the morning and we have agreed about nothing.
5. shaking like a leaf
= to be scared, nervous, or cold
Jim was shaking like a leaf when he was talking to his boss.
Are you okay? You’re shaking like a leaf?
6. get/have butterflies in stomach
= have a nervous, anxious feeling in stomach
Liz always has butterflies in her stomach before exams.
Do you ever get butterflies in your stomach before job interviews?
7. feel blue or have the blues
= to be depressed or sad
Mark listens to Bach when he’s feeling blue.
Walking in the park is a good way to make yourself feel better when you have the blues.
8. to be pumped
= to be very excited for something, usually something in the future that you are really looking forward to
Fans were so pumped before the final match.
9. paint the town red
= to be very happy and going to go celebrate something with friends or relatives, or going out to a bar/party to have a good time
I’m so happy you passed your exam. Let’s go out and paint the town red!
The precise origin of this idiom is not known. However, red has just often been associated with excitement, good times, and extravagance.
10. grinning (smiling) from ear to ear
= to look happy because one is smiling broadly and seems to be in the true state of happiness, e. g. when something important has been accomplished
The whole team was grinning from ear to ear when they won the match.
11. to be a barrel of laugh
= to be fun, funny, and pleasant
I always have so much fun when Tom is around – he’s a barrel of laughs!
12. to be over the moon
= to be extremely happy, delighted, or pleased
My friend has just won in a lottery and he’s over the moon about it.
My wife and I were over the moon when we found out we were going to be parents.
This probably comes from the old nursery rhyme from the 1800s which involved a cow jumping over the moon. In kid’s picture books this cow usually looked quite happy to be leaping over the moon 🤔…
13. to be in high spirits
= it means you are in a happy, jolly mood
Going on holiday always put me in high spirits.
His birthday party was a lot of fun. Everyone was laughing and in high spirits.
14. full of the joys of spring
= to be very happy, enthusiastic and full of energy
You look full of the joys of spring today.
15. have the time of your life
= have a very exciting and enjoyable experience, it can mean the most enjoyable experience one has ever had, it is often exaggerated
We had the time of our lives traveling this summer.
As singing and dancing can be the sorce of good energy, here’s one older, yet still “happy vibes” song:
When are you happy? What makes you happy?