POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

OPTIMISTIC



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HELPFUL TIP:

Characters with this positive attribute will be extra sensitive to certain emotions, so think about how events might specifically trigger feelings in a way that elevates or lowers their moods or causes moral dilemmas to form—whichever best fits your story goals. Try giving a supporting character a negative trait that acts as an opposite of this attribute, causing frustration, disillusionment, or even emotional volatility that leads to poor decisions and mistakes.
DEFINITION:
Anticipating the best possible outcome; seeing events in the most positive light

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Hopeful, positive, sanguine

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Believing that people are basically good and well-intentioned
Living by the philosophy that if one believes things to be a certain way, they will be
Naïveté
Growing up sheltered
Not wanting to acknowledge or give credence to anything unpleasant
Focusing on a greater purpose that makes life’s troubles inconsequential by comparison

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Assuming the best of people
Waking up happy and going to bed contented
Smiling and laughing
Having an uplifted countenance
Approaching new tasks with eagerness
Seeing a difficult job as an opportunity to learn and grow
Thinking positively
Trusting others
Finding something good to say even in a bad situation
Generosity
Refusing to acknowledge any possibility but a good outcome
Using kind, encouraging words
Being a peacekeeper
Looking forward to the future and whatever may come
Moving in a purposeful way; not moving in a lazy or reluctant fashion
Not letting oneself be bored or idle; finding meaningful ways to occupy one’s time
Not complaining
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ASSOCIATED THOUGHTS:
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ASSOCIATED EMOTIONS:
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POSITIVE ASPECTS:
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NEGATIVE ASPECTS:
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EXAMPLE FROM LITERATURE:
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CHALLENGING SCENARIOS FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS TRAIT:
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TRAITS IN SUPPORTING CHARACTERS THAT MAY CAUSE CONFLICT:
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