One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘her joyous expression’
joyful, cheerful, happy, jolly, merry, bright, sunny, light-hearted, in good spirits, in high spirits, sparkling, bubbly, effervescent, exuberant, ebullient, cock-a-hoop, breezy, airy, cheery, sprightly, jaunty, smiling, grinning, beaming, laughing, mirthful, radiant
jubilant, overjoyed, beside oneself with joy, thrilled, ecstatic, euphoric, blissful, on cloud nine, on cloud seven, elated, delighted, glad, gleeful, gratified
jovial, genial, good-humoured, happy-go-lucky, carefree, unworried, untroubled, without a care in the world, full of the joys of spring
buoyant, optimistic, hopeful, full of hope, positive
informal upbeat, chipper, chirpy, peppy, smiley, sparky, over the moon, on top of the world
North American informal peart
NZ Australian informal wrapped
literary jocund, gladsome, blithe, blithesome
archaic of good cheer
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