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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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  • There is a habit of looking at the bright side of things, and also of looking at the dark side.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Enough of Jeremiads, there is a bright side to our civilisation.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • This wind, however, like most other serious annoyances in life, has its bright side.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • I have only given the bright side of the picture; but let us look for a moment at the other.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • If I have portrayed the dark side of slavery, I also have painted the bright side.

    Behind the Scenes Elizabeth Keckley

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