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Language tip of the week: having a positive attitude

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Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips will explore the words and phrases we use to talk about feelings. This week’s tip looks adjectives used for describing someone who has a positive attitude to life in general:

happy:
Harry was a very happy child.
cheerful happy and positive by nature:
She has a very cheerful disposition.
contented happy with what you have and not wanting  more:
I can’t imagine a more contented family.

happy-go-lucky always cheerful and relaxed, and not worrying about things:
She’s a very happy-go-lucky person.
sunny tending to be happy and cheerful:
Everyone loves Angela for her sunny personality.

There are other adjectives that mean ‘having a positive attitude‘ including bouncy, bubbly, exuberant and jolly.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘happy‘.

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