the bright side


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the bright side

The positive aspect of something that also has negative features; the optimistic view of something. The bright side of all this is that I was able to catch up on my reading while I was in the hospital. I know it's hot, but look on the bright side—at least it's not raining.
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bright side

A favorable or hopeful aspect, as in Bob is inclined to look on the bright side of everything. This idiom uses bright in the sense of "lit up with gladness or hope." [First half of 1800s] Also see glass is half full.
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References in classic literature ?
"How can I think of the bright side of life when, as you see, I am sitting on a barrel and working in a dirty shed?" the expression of his face seemed to say.
"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.
"Why, so it is," he answered much more cheerfully; "and it is wisdom in you to keep me to the bright side of the picture." (The idea of my wisdom!) "These are things I never talk about or even think about, excepting in the growlery here.
But the prince only looked at the bright side; he did not turn the coat and see the shabby lining.
I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed rather than what I wanted; and this gave me sometimes such secret comforts, that I cannot express them; and which I take notice of here, to put those discontented people in mind of it, who cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them, because they see and covet something that He has not given them.
If I were not determined, from this day forth, to see nothing but the bright side of our prospects, the melancholy absence of any male relative of Laura's, at the most important moment of her life, would make me very gloomy and very distrustful of the future.
Even looking at the bright side of things, he found it both stupid and sad to be left alone in the midst of this savage country and among these wild tribes.
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.
The event must come some time, and so I look to the bright side of it: that's the right plan - isn't it, Mrs.
"You see things on the bright side, and so much the better for you.
"You are very happy," exclaimed Athos, laughing, in spite of himself, at the sally of the irresistible Gascon; "for you see the bright side of everything."
She seemed to say, "Cheer up!--as long as we are here, let us make the best of it." I judged she had earned a right to a more hospitable place; so I plucked her up and sent her to America to a friend who would respect her for the fight she had made, all by her small self, to make a whole vast despondent Alpine desolation stop breaking its heart over the unalterable, and hold up its head and look at the bright side of things for once.
The rest of the songs chosen to shuffle off this mortal coil are: Time to Say Goodbye (Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman), Over the Rainbow (Eva Cassidy), Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler), Angels (Robbie Williams), Supermarket Flowers (Ed Sheeran), Unforgettable (Nat King Cole), You Raise Me Up (Westlife), We'll Meet Again (Vera Lynn), Always Looks On The Bright Side Of Life (Eric Idle).
Other songs to lift the spirits in the list, compiled by Co-op from the 100,000 funerals it does each year, include Monty Python's Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.