Is there a particular word/phrase to describe a person who views things differently in a positive way? Or looks for new ways to describe a situation
A lateral thinker, perhaps?
lateral thinking - noun [ U ]
a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods
The person hears (or marches to the beat of) a different drummer.
Innovator, rebel, revolutionary, free-thinker, non-conformist, iconoclast, radical -- all can be positive in the right context.
For example, Steve Jobs was referred to as all of these, at various times in his life (and after his death).