Dr Laver tells Alice to 'lighten up!'. He means she should relax and that she shouldn’t take herself so seriously.
- Oh, lighten up! It was only a joke!
- She’s getting very boring. She should stop working so hard and lighten up!
Get a life!
This is an informal phrase to say to someone if you think they're being very boring, and you want them to do more exciting things.
- You're staying in and studying on a Saturday night? Get a life!
- He works twelve hours a day. I told him he should get a life!
Say this to someone if you want them to feel happier about things.
- Cheer up. I’m sure it won’t be as bad as you think.You can cheer someone else up by doing something nice.
- He bought her a plant to cheer her up. Or, of course, you can cheer yourself up.
- I was feeling a bit sad, so I went out for lunch to cheer myself up.
Look on the bright side
If you look on the bright side, you try to find something good in a bad situation.
My work trip has been cancelled. I'm disappointed, but, looking on the bright side, it means I won't miss my friend's party.
These phrases mean to feel a bit sad or unhappy.
- He was a bit down in the dumps because he'd had a bad day at work, so he decided to go out for a drink with his friends.
- We felt a bit low after our friends left London.
A stronger phrase is to be beside yourself. If you are beside yourself with a very strong emotion, you are almost out of control.
- She was beside herself with grief when her father died.
- I was so angry at what he said I was beside myself!
These phrases mean to feel happy.
- I was so happy on my wedding day; I felt like I was walking on air!
- He was over the moon when he won the award.
- a professional distance
- not being too friendly with colleagues at work
- in everyone's best interests
- to everyone's advantage
- raise the alarm
- make people aware that there is something wrong