Thinking. Expectation vs anticipation

Sometimes a change of word can completely change your outlook.

I was thinking recently about how many new things my little boy can do. I found myself pleasantly surprised in recent weeks at seeing how I've had to change my own behaviour towards him now that he's more competent and confident.

I wrote to a friend about him that, "I've had to raise my expectations of him."

Her perspective on this took me entirely by surprise.

She said, "I prefer to think in terms of 'anticipations' instead of 'expectations'." 

What's the difference?

Expectations can be almost negative, because there is a ceiling on them. If they are not met, we can get angry and disappointed. On the other hand, anticipations are open-ended, and the opportunities for surprise and joy are limitless.