a ray of sunshine

This page is about the idiom a ray of sunshine.

Meaning: Something is a ray of sunshine if it brings happiness to someone.

For example:

  • The birth of Debra's first grandchild less than a year after her husband died came as a much-needed ray of sunshine in her life.

  • After years of struggling to get established as a writer, the publication of her first short story was a ray of sunshine for Ruth.

Note: This idiom is most often used when talking about something that has brought happiness to someone who's been having trouble in their life.

Quick Quiz:

The kids in the hospital had a ray of sunshine in their lives when

a. some famous footballers visited them

b. they were taken to sit outside in the sun

c. the nurses checked their blood pressure

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Contributor: Matt Errey