Consider these contexts:

  • "I'm okay being paid less, because I feel fortunate to have a job when many are unemployed".

  • A parent to a child - "Don't waste your food. There are many who don't even have it."

In the first case, a person is feeling fortunate/thankful in every situation,
and in the second, the person is forced to feel so.

I'm not sure if both cases are suitable for this question. I just wanted to know if there is any word to describe a person, who always feels fortunate/ grateful/thankful for any situation, or is forced to think so.

  • 2
    Not exactly the same meaning, but optimistic might come close for the first. The second is almost like the parent shaming the child into eating.
    – Peter
    Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 8:43
  • because I feel fortunate > "because I am lucky enough"
    – Greybeard
    Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 10:03
  • It is not entirely clear what you are asking. The last sentence, which seems to be the operative part of the question is about always feeling a certain way (or being pressured to so feel), but both examples are about specific occasions for feeling that way. Also it is not clear how to interpret 'I'm not sure if both cases are suitable for this question': it is your question, so you need to decide whether they are suitable.
    – jsw29
    Commented Jul 31, 2020 at 19:32

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Someone who is always and overly optimistic is a Pollyanna.

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