♪Look on the bright side. – プラス思考




Hi everyone! Thank you for tuning in to Time for English.

I dropped my phone in water. A friend of mine, who was there with me when that happened, just looked at me and said “Oops…” That was a real disaster, but she is an optimist. She said, “Look on the bright side. You can now justify getting a new one.”

Are you familiar with the expression “to look on the bright side“? It means to think positive. It’s about trying to find good things in a bad situation. You can use this expression when you’re speaking to someone who’s having a problem.

For example, you got into a road accident and missed an important business meeting. You’re upset. But hey, look on the bright side. Nobody was killed or injured. Your boyfriend left you. Again, look on the bright side. You now have your bathroom all to yourself!

Now, would you like to try a quiz? You’ll be given three options. Please listen carefully and choose the one that is TRUE. Ready?

If you always look on the bright side of life,
1.you’re perfectionist.
2.you’re pessimist.
3.you’re optimist.




ものは考えよう。英語ではしばしば look on the bright sideという慣用句で表現します。いわゆるプラス思考。「悪い状況で良い局面を見いだす」という意味です。何か問題を抱えた人に対して使う表現です。

例えば、交通事故に巻き込まれて、大事な商談を欠席してしまいました。ほんとに腹立たしい。でも、Look on the bright side、死傷者がなかっただけまし。不幸中の幸いだ、みたいな感じです。あるいは。彼氏が出て行ってしまいました。でもやっぱり、Look on the bright side、ものは考えよう。これからはおトイレを独り占めできます。



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