on the bright side

on the bright side

Considering the positive, beneficial, advantageous, etc., aspects of a situation, especially one that is or would be otherwise negative, detrimental, or disadvantageous. Look on the bright side—at least you got a severance package. The movie is sold out, but, on the bright side, there are plenty of other ones I wouldn't mind seeing.
See also: bright, on, side

on the bright side

Fig. [ignoring the bad for a moment] considering the positive aspects of a situation. (See also look on the bright side.) On the bright side, the car you wrecked was covered by insurance.
See also: bright, on, side
References in classic literature ?
Well, of course, if you can look on the bright side, pray do; it's a mercy if people haven't sensitive feelings, in this world.
You see things on the bright side, and so much the better for you.
We all tried to look on the bright side of things, but Mr.
Well," said Polly, slowly, "I just try to look on the bright side of things; that helps one amazingly.