(adj.) = cheerful ; lively ; light hearted [light-hearted/lighhearted] ; jolly ; merry ; joyful ; blithe ; gleeful ; perky ; cheery ; breezy ; good-humoured ; festive ; jaunty ; joyous ; glad ; jovial. Ex: Tom Hernandez tried not to show how sad he felt about his friends' leaving, and managed to keep up a cheerful facade until the party broke up. Ex: But in the country the processes of printing always provoke such lively curiosity that the customers preferred to go in by a glazed door set in the shop-front and giving onto the street. Ex: Properly read, live literature -- even the quietest or most light-hearted -- may be disturbing, may subvert our view of life. Ex: 'Let folks alone and all will then be jolly'. Ex: Maybe Juan and his merry companions would be happy to relegate us to the boiler room, or a janitor's closet!. Ex: It's that joyful leap from one place to another that symbolises the freedom to explore on the web. Ex: According to these librarians, prudent judgment and professional knowledge about the value of a title should never be replaced by a blithe trust in statistical data = De acuerdo con estos bibliotecarios, el juicio prudente y el conocimiento profesional sobre el valor de un título no debe reemplazarse por una despreocupada confianza en los datos estadísticos. Ex: However, there is a gleeful bad-taste energy throughout; the film's dumb good nature is infectious, though hardly commendable. Ex: The members of Harvey's family seem almost spookily healthy and perky and nice to each other. Ex: The novel is a cheery social satire about geeky middle-aged men and their freakishly attractive, younger spouses. Ex: This knowing sequel to the breezy glamor of 'Ocean's Eleven' provides more thieves, more heists, more twists, more locations, and more playfulness than the original. Ex: The second thing is being good-humoured, not to get angry or pontificate or be dogmatic. Ex: Christmas was especially festive with granma and granpa here to share it. Ex: A wool beret, worn at just such a jaunty angle says 'I'm confident' in a most nonchalant way. Ex: Also she possessed a pair of wonderful blue eyes that danced and scintillated with joyous good humour. Ex: Her friends had perceived with regret that her buoyant spirits were giving place to unusual depression and that a languor was creeping over her glad eyes. Ex: Uncle Tony was always jovial and cracking jokes with his hearty laugh. ---- * ánimo alegre = buoyant spirit. * espíritu alegre = buoyant spirit. * más alegre que unas castañuelas = as happy as Larry ; as happy as a lark ; as merry as a lark ; as merry as a cricket. * muy alegre = in a festive mood. * sentirse alegre = feel + happy. (v.) = jazz up ; brighten up ; liven up. Ex: After jazzing up her appearance with a new blonde hairdo, she turns up in his office and talks him into taking her out for a meal. Ex: The flowers will really help brighten up the cemetery when they flower in spring. Ex: Here are ten fun ways to liven up your average train journey. ---- * alegrar la vida a Alguien = brighten up + Posesivo + life. * alegrarle el día a Alguien = brighten up + Posesivo + day ; make + Posesivo + day. * alegrarse = feel + elated ; brighten ; come to + life ; feel + happy. * alegrarse de = be glad (to) ; rejoice in. * alegrarse escuchar que = be glad to hear that. * alegrarse oír que = be glad to hear that. * alegrarse por = be glad to hear that. * no alegrar = bring no + joy ; take no + joy.