Is there a good word like halcyon except in the future rather than halcyon's more commonly used reference to the past? Basically, a single word that will mean something like "future days will be better/peaceful".

Edit: The context would be "We're struggling now but _______ days are coming."

  • Also, I think that utopian might come close, but not exact. If it works for you, reply to this comment and I'll convert to an answer.
    – cobaltduck
    Aug 11 '16 at 14:12
  • You wouldn't say "Past days were halcyon" so your example sentence doesn't quite fit what you're asking for. Can you add a better example sentence? Aug 11 '16 at 14:51
  • @MaxWilliams Those were the halcyon days.
    – Jonas
    Aug 11 '16 at 16:12

Halcyon days says

Fourteen days of calm weather were to be expected when the Halcyon was nesting - around the winter solstice, usually 21st or 22nd of December. The Halcyon days are generally regarded as beginning on the 14th or 15th of December.

Now while Halcyon days may refer to peaceful days of youth -- think of long, summer days, sitting on a swing or gathering flowers when you were, say, eight years old -- its primary meaning is closer to "peaceful."

It wouldn't be wrong to say:

We're struggling now, but halcyon days are coming.

But the OP desires to use a different word (without a possible connotation of the past).

How about:

We're struggling now, but the future looks bright.

If the struggle is because of arguments:

We're fighting a lot now, but peaceful days are coming.

If the struggle is because of privation:

We're often strapped/struggling, but flush/better days are coming.


We're often poor, but days of plenty are coming.


When US presidential candidates want to covey this idea they tend to use:


most excellently or suitably; with most advantage or success: an opera role that best suits her voice.


As in:

America's best days are yet to come.


You're being optimistic:

hopeful and confident about the future.

"the optimistic mood of the sixties"

synonyms: hopeful, confident, positive, cheerful, cheery, sanguine, bright, buoyant, full of hope, bullish, Panglossian, Pollyannaish; informalupbeat; of good cheer

"she felt optimistic about the future"

encouraging, promising, hopeful, reassuring, favorable, auspicious, propitious

"the forecast is optimistic"

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