Definitions: (1) affected with pleasure or joy; happy; cheerful; (2) wearing a gay appearance; showy; bright; (3) pleasing; exhilarating; (4) very willing <glad to help>

Synonyms: delighted, gladsome, gratified, fain <with pleasure>

Quote: It made me gladsome to be getting some education, it being like a big window opening. — Mary Gladys Webb (1881–1927) English novelist & poet

Symbol: smooth like the gleam of polished gold (German)

Fictional Figure: Pollyanna, also known as the Glad Girl, who finds good in everything and is brightly optimistic. — Eleanor Emily Hodgman Porter (1868-1920) American novelist