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Especially when "nostalgia" is presented in terms of "a longing for the past" and "evoking fond memories." For example, a word which would mean "a fondness for the present or future."

A contextual sentence might be:

He never seemed to dwell on past times—good or bad—and had countdown calendars around his house for nearly every holiday imaginable. When making conversation with him, you could always sense an excited anticipation in his words. He claimed that it was an intense feeling of ___ which drove him to look forward so enthusiastically.

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    Instead of just asking for an antonym, can you define what this word should mean in a positive sense? There are many ways words can be "antonyms": for example, do you want a word that means "a longing for the future" or "a lack of longing for the past" or "a distaste for the past"? It would also help if you added an example sentence showing how you would like to use this word. – sumelic Jan 10 '16 at 3:59
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    We all know what nostalgia means. If you want an "antonym," you are going to have to say what you mean by "antonym." "Nostalgia" has no obvious antonyms. Nostalgia can be both pleasant and unpleasant, so that isn't categorical. Are you asking for the name of an emotion that makes you hate this past? Are asking for the name of something that embodies hating the present? Or enjoying the present? Are you asking for the name of having bad memories evoked? The possibilities for antonyms are not clear. Nostalgia is enjoyed by some and hated by others. – Benjamin Harman Jan 10 '16 at 3:59
  • "forward-looking", "unromantic", "practical" – GoldenGremlin Jan 10 '16 at 4:01
  • In some ways one might say that hopeful might work. – Jim Jan 10 '16 at 4:29
  • Going by your example, I think the concern person is optimistic! He claimed that it was an intense feeling of optimism which drove him to look forward so enthusiastically. However, this is in no way an antonym of nostalgia. – BiscuitBoy Jan 10 '16 at 5:48

It sounds like you're looking for a word describing a person who eagerly looks to the future. The first word that comes to my mind is forward-looking (already mentioned by Silenus above), though it sounds a little clumsy somehow.

To my ears, progressive sounds more elegant. However, it's a little confusing, as many people would likely interpret it as a political term.

Another possibility is anticipative.

The noun futurist sounds like the best bet (though it apparently describes scientists more than the general public). Unfortunately, the adjective form - futuristic - typically describes things other than people.

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