What Is A "Pollyanna" View Of Life? Even until quite recently, this term was often used to describe someone who was, perhaps foolishly, very optimistic. It comes from American author Eleanor H Porter's 1913 novel of the same name, which was a bestseller for many years. Pollyanna is an orphan, sent to live with her stern and humourless Aunt Polly.What does Pollyannaism mean?
Definition of Pollyanna. : a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything.