The opposite of disappointment

What word best describes the opposite of disappointment? Take a moment to think about it. (pause) It’s hard to come up with an answer, right? I think there is a logical reason for that. We tend to dwell in the world of disappointment. Maybe an anticipated ballgame gets rained out. Maybe a friend lets you down. Maybe something just did not work out like you thought. Life can be very disappointing at times. The end result of all this disappointment in our lives is the subtle tendency to never truly expect something to work out. We hope that it will, but at the same time we reserve some of our feelings (if not most) just in case it does not work out. Yes, we humans are familiar with disappointment – even to the point that we have a hard time thinking of its opposite. This week, try dwelling in the opposite of disappointment.