If you tend to be cheerful and positive no matter what's going on, your friends probably describe you as upbeat. When your soccer coach wants to be encouraging, she gives the team an upbeat speech.

Need to cheer yourself up? Spend some time with an upbeat friend, watch an upbeat movie, or listen to some upbeat music. This informal adjective comes from the word's original musical meaning, "the beat of a bar at which the conductor's baton is in a raised position." Music writers in the 1940s used the slang phrase "on the upbeat" to mean "getting better." The "cheerful" meaning followed around 1947.

Definitions of upbeat
  1. adjective
    pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic
    synonyms: cheerful, pollyannaish
    expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds
  2. noun
    a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
    “the town was finally on the upbeat after our recent troubles”
    synonyms: eudaemonia, eudaimonia, weal, welfare, well-being, wellbeing
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    lack of prosperity or happiness or health
    fool's paradise
    an illusory state of wellbeing
    health, wellness
    a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease
    type of:
    prosperity, successfulness
    the condition of prospering; having good fortune
  3. noun
    an unaccented beat (especially the last beat of a measure)
    synonyms: offbeat
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    type of:
    beat, musical rhythm, rhythm
    the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
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