We're developing an application where we have categories users may progress towards, and one of them is 'to look on the bright side; to live without worry, etc.'. However, categories are titled with a single word, and I have failed to think of a word that perfectly suits that meaning.

Can anyone assist?

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    ... Pollyanna ... – GEdgar Sep 26 '11 at 11:38
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    I don't think people would aspire to be a Pollyanna, though. At least not where I'm from. ^_^ – user13141 Sep 26 '11 at 11:57
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    Forgot to say that we don't want to imply any bad meaning to the word – Martin Asenov Sep 26 '11 at 11:59

An optimist is a person who looks on the bright side. Optimism is the word for the perspective itself.

Sanguinity is another option.

Added: Based on your criteria, I would go with either carefreeness or lightheartedness. I personally prefer the second and think it's used more often. Both words are commonly known, if that's what you mean by "popular."

  • Thanks for your answer! I'm wondering, since that category will be used in a magical girly game with fairies, if sanguinity would be suitable, since I don't find it playful and tricky. On the other side, the word has to be popular and well-known amongst American people. – Martin Asenov Sep 26 '11 at 12:02
  • If that's the context, I would not use sanguinity. It's a pretty advanced word. Optimist(ic) would be better. – user13141 Sep 26 '11 at 12:09
  • well my concern is that 'optimistic' wouldn't stand for 'have no worries' and also 'to look on the funny side of things' maybe... – Martin Asenov Sep 26 '11 at 12:15
  • carefree, perhaps? – user13141 Sep 26 '11 at 12:17
  • laid-back? easygoing? – user13141 Sep 26 '11 at 12:19

How about positivism or brightness or carefree?

  • Thanks for your answer, but onomatomaniak answered carefree first :)) – Martin Asenov Sep 26 '11 at 12:38

Cheerful, "noticeably happy and optimistic; bright and pleasant" may suit.

Also consider blithe. In one sense it means "happy, cheerful" (although Wiktionary claims this usage is dated or literary), and in another sense, "indifferent, careless, showing a lack of concern". Synonyms of it include animated, buoyant, cheerful, gay, happy, jovial, lighthearted, lively, merry, sprightly.

While these are mostly adjectives rather than nouns, as category headings that might not matter.


The common British name Felicity means "happiness" and would make a great category name.

  • OP isn't looking for a fairy name, so I changed it to match the question. – Kit Z. Fox Apr 2 '13 at 0:21

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