stars in one's eyes

1. An appearance or feeling of very great happiness or expectation of happiness.
Mary gets stars in her eyes when she thinks of her boyfriend.
2. A belief in the possibility of quick and lasting reforms in people and life and an eagerness to make such changes.
Some inexperienced people get stars in their eyes when they think of improving the world.
- starry-eyed  {adj.}
Very happy and excited, perhaps with little reason; eager and self-confident about improving human nature and general conditions of life.
Young people are often starry-eyed and eager to improve the world; they do not know how hard it is.
Categories: happiness human life world {adj.} {n. phr.}