The definition of "blues" being used here is:

feelings of melancholy, sadness, or depression.

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Is there an antonym of this word, but based on a color name? The antonym would be synonymous with such words as optimistic, joie de vivre, delighted, cheerful, etc.

Example sentences

  • Sridhar has got the ____ [or, Sridhar is ___ [a color adjective]]; as he sees no reason not to enjoy this moment, regardless of situation he is in.
  • John has been diagnosed with cancer [or whatever]; yet he remains optimistic and delighted at the ongoings of life. John has got the ___; or, John is ___ [a color adjective].
  • Perhaps he got a 'golden' chance to enjoy.... or something? Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 13:48
  • Isn't yellow the chromatic opposite of blue?
    – tchrist
    Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 15:02
  • I've added one more example sentence to clarify the word context, as well as its usage (which applies even when you are in an unfortunate situation -- homeless, sick, in prison, etc.) Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 15:17

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Will peachy do?

Peachy (adj):

  1. Resembling a peach, especially in color or texture.
  2. [Informal] Splendid; fine.

[American Heritage Dictionary]


The colour pink is associated with health and happiness:

From Farlex

in the pink
Healthy; in good condition.

and Farlex also has

tickled pink
Very pleased with someone or something.

So perhaps

Sridhar is tickled pink; he sees no reason not to enjoy this moment, regardless of the situation he is in.

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    'In the pink' is the reverse metaphor, good spot, but there's not a word that will fit OP's sample sentence. Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 14:20
  • @EdwinAshworth I agree, "in the pink" is fine but I've never heard a song including the line "I got the pinks real good"
    – BoldBen
    Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 14:56
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    The idiom "everything's rosy" exists though, although it's not that common.
    – BoldBen
    Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 14:59
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    @BoldenBen but not "Sridhar has got the roses." Sometimes the asker is too restrictive about how the word will be used. On StackOverflow there is the concept of the XY Problem where OP asks this but actually wants to do that. Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 15:00
  • The sample sentence doesn't necessarily need the phrase "has got the", as "is" (followed by an adjective) will also do. Edited the question accordingly. Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 15:05

Credit goes to Jens Petersen on Twitter

Melancholy is dark blue, the opposite temperament is Sanguine: yellow

EDIT: Even though Jens described sanguine as "yellow", the dictionary definition below says it is "blood-red" (see comments for further context).

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  • Saying someone is yellow² usually means they are a coward. It does not mean they are happy. Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 15:10
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    I don't know why Jens used yellow, sanguine is defined as blood-red. But, based on my intuition (don't know for sure), blood-red refers to intense passions - like love & anger, and not such much the unconditionally mirthful mood of cheerful optimism. Nevertheless, the word 'sanguine' is interesting - so I posted it as an answer (to be vetted among others). Updated the answer. Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 15:11
  • Obviously, one sense of sanguine is blood red (but this sense is in a totally different register and probably even domain from 'Jo has got the blues'). But I can't see a definition for 'melancholy' here as 'dark blue', merely an observation. 'Jo is in the pink.' works far better than 'Jo is sanguine.' ('about his chances ...' or some other padding is the norm). And note that any antonym of the noun 'blues' needs to be a noun. Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 17:18

Not everyone views the color, blue, in the same way. So, to have the blues, may have more than one (inherent) meaning.

The Color Psychology of Blue

As well, perhaps, even, some persons "love" being down, the underdog, etc. To have the blues, but in a good way.

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