the main character in the 1913 novel Pollyanna; someone who is always happy, cheerful, and optimistic
* Ingrid is such a Pollyanna that anyone near her begins smiling and laughing.
to be happy and make other people feel happy through what one says and does
* Each year around Christmas time, they deliver cookies to all their neighbors as a way to spread good cheer.
to spread good cheer
to be in a very bad mood, possibly without an explanation, for an entire day, from the moment one wakes up
* I’m sorry you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but please don’t take it out on us!
to wake up on the wrong side of the bed
a phrase used to correct what one has just said, especially when talking about quantities
* I’ll have an 8-ounce coffee, please. No, make that an 16-once coffee.
to proceed as one had planned or as one would like; to be successful and pleasing to someone
* Nothing is going my way today! I spilled coffee on my shirt, lost my keys, and accidentally deleted the report I’d been working on. What else could possibly go wrong?
to go (one’s) way
to become happier; to improve one’s attitude or outlook
* Maybe this joke will help you cheer up!
to cheer up
a phrase used to mean that every bad thing that happens has at least some good part, or that nothing is completely negative
* It’s too bad you lost your job, but maybe you’ll find a better one. Remember, every cloud has a silver lining.
every cloud has a silver lining
to be very disappointed and continue to think about something bad that happened, when one has no control over it and cannot undo it
* They lost a lot of money in the stock market, but there’s no use crying over spilled milk. They’ll just have to work even harder now.
to cry over spilled milk
to stop doing something to someone; to stop giving someone a certain kind of information or explanation, because he or she finds it unpleasant or boring
* Please, spare me the lecture. I know smoking is dangerous, but I just can’t stop.
to spare (someone)
an expression or statement that is very common and has been heard many times, and is no longer interesting or helpful
* Julian wanted to be inspiring, but he could only think of platitudes, like, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
to enjoy being sad, trying to get attention or sympathy from other people
* I’m sorry your favorite mirror broke, but that’s no reason to wallow in tears.
extreme suffering and sadness, especially resulting from being sick or not having enough money
* Their inability to buy food and clothing for their children brings them misery.
a phrase used to mean that one should do something many times to learn how to do it very well, or that if one practices enough, one will learn to do it well
* The first year of playing violin was really hard, but practice makes perfect and now he’s pretty good.
practice makes perfect
a phrase used to mean that there are many singlemen and women with whom one can have a relationship, or that there are many other possibilities for a romantic relationship
* Trent was sad for a little while after his girlfriend left him, but he knew there were plenty of fish in the sea and he was looking forward to dating other women.
plenty of fish in the sea
a phrase used to give someone comfort and help that person understand that life will continue, even though a bad or sad thing has happened
* Yes, you lost your job, but it’s not the end of the world. You can wake up tomorrow and start looking for something different
not the end of the world
to close very noisily, with a lot of force
* Please don’t slam the door when you leave. The baby is sleeping.