stars in one's eyes

[stars in one's eyes] {n. phr.} 1. An appearance or feeling of verygreat happiness or expectation of happiness.

Mary gets stars in hereyes when she thinks of her boyfriend.

2. A belief in the possibilityof quick and lasting reforms in people and life and an eagerness tomake such changes.

Some inexperienced people get stars in theireyes when they think of improving the world.

- [starry-eyed] {adj.}Very happy and excited, perhaps with little reason; eager andself-confident about improving human nature and general conditions oflife.

Young people are often starry-eyed and eager to improve theworld; they do not know how hard it is.