Episode 67: A Happy Thing for Every Color in the Rainbow

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute list of happy things. The podcast is released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


A red trolley, clanging its way up a steep hill in San Francisco.

A swipe of red lipstick on an overcast day.

The heart-shaped box of chocolates you get on sale after Valentine’s Day.

An orange creamsicle, right out of the freezer.

Your favorite tangerine colored sweater your grandmother made you, cozy and itchy.

A glass of orange juice made from home grown oranges, so good you want another one right away.

A freshly sharpened pencil, your fingers wrapped around it, ready to write.

A lemon tree outside your kitchen window, so close you could lean out and pick one.

Yellow rain boots splashing into the middle of a puddle.

Driving through a forest at midday, the sun brightening every single leaf.

Cutting up a lime to garnish a lightly sweetened drink.

A chorus of green frogs croaking loudly after a vigorous rainfall.

The ocean when seen from an airplane, impossibly blue and endless.

Brand new blue jeans, sturdy and supple all at once.

Spotting a bluebird through binoculars, following it as it flits away.

Fields of lavender, the smell so calming you could fall asleep right there.

A dozen Irises in a vase, standing tall and regal.

A bright purple chunk of amethyst, glinting in the sunlight.

Puffy white clouds, lazily strewn across the sky.

Cream colored Swans gliding effortlessly on a lake.

A row of blackbirds huddled together on a telephone wire.

The blackest night sky, without a star to be seen.

Episode 66: The Invisible Thread That Pulls Us Closer

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute list of happy things. The podcast is released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


When your favorite TV show is back on after being on hiatus for a long time.

The very last parking spot in a crowded lot.

A meaningful conversation with a Lyft driver that takes you to some very deep places.

Walking by an overgrown garden and seeing a ladybug nestled right in the middle of a rosebud.

Overnight vacations, even if they’re in your own home town.

Choosing a card for someone’s birthday that they will absolutely love.

Pretending to speak with a British accent, just to make yourself laugh.

A good pair of walking shoes that never give you blisters.

When a baseball game goes into extra innings and the crowd gets super intense about it.

Movie theater popcorn, hot and buttery.

Knowing that being true to yourself is more important than trying to impress other people.

Grabbing a last minute ticket to see a band you’ve always loved.

Learning how to swim, that instant you kick off from the edge of the pool and feel so free.

That invisible thread that pulls you gently towards someone else and you know they feel it too.

A bunch of bright yellow bananas, all piled together at the grocery store.

Puffy pink clouds dancing across the sky, lined with gold -- the stuff of Botticelli’s dreams.

Choosing to see the good in the present moment, instead of longing to be somewhere else.

Episode 65: There Are Many Different Kinds of Love

Love looks like a lot of different things, and it finds us in many different forms. Sometimes we can’t see the love that surrounds us because of how hard we’re looking for one particular kind. Today, I want to see all the love in my life, clearly.

Cheering others on in the ways that matter -- showing up, calling, writing notes.

Finding a solution to a particularly challenging problem.

Listening really carefully, paying attention when someone is talking to you.

Doing what you say you will do, when you say you will do it.

Putting a song you love on the jukebox at one in the morning and dancing by yourself in a crowded bar.

Knowing who you are inside so clearly, that the outside doesn’t matter as much.

Being spontaneous and trying something new, even if it scares you a little.

Dropping someone off at the airport, and picking them back up again at the end of their trip.

When someone appreciates you for something in particular and lets you know what it is.

Putting your phone down at parties, at dinner, being where you are for once.

Doing the chores that need to be done, even the ones that aren’t fun.

Making time for the people in your life that matter to you.

Asking for advice from someone you trust and listening to what they have to say.

Letting go of small things, realizing most of it won’t matter in even a few months.

Taking care of someone who’s not feeling their best, that gift of time, of patience.

Using your skills to make things easier for someone else, taking something off their plate and giving them a break.

Knowing that we are on each other’s team, and your wins are my wins.

And because there is someone who needs to hear this today, please hear me now. I love you, the way you are today, and you are enough, the way you are, today.

Episode 64: A Gift That Delights You, Through and Through

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute list of happy things. The podcast is released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


The way someone lovingly wraps a napkin around an ice cream cone before handing it to you.

Tall leafy hedges that go all the way around a building, trimmed so carefully into a boxy shape.

A Casio watch with calculator built into it.

Watching a movie you love all on fast forward, just to get a taste of it without seeing the whole thing.

Birds of paradise flowers, all orange and purple, sharp points and broad green leaves.

Singing and harmonizing with someone else, your voices coming together to make something more.

Discovering you’ve become more mature and less petty, in some very important ways.

Walking down the street and seeing handprints and names written in the concrete from decades ago.

Jungle front yards where you can barely see the house, just a small walkway, the rest of the yard filled with a profusion of trees and plants galore.

The tv show Russian Doll and how incredibly good it is.

The day after a teeth cleaning, how wonderful your mouth feels.

A community art show where everyone is talking, laughing and looking at the art they all made.

Completing a really difficult yoga class, how rewarding it is to pack up your mat and head home.

When someone knows your coffee order and brings you a coffee without you having to ask.

Peanut butter toast.

Bright, generous sunshine after a few days of rain.

Being able to fix a small problem on your own, replacing a battery or tightening a handle.

When boats have funny joke names that take you a second to get.

When you feel healthy in your body, no aches or pains or injuries.

Getting someone in your life a small gift that you know will delight them through and though.

Episode 63: This One’s Meant Just For You

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute list of happy things. The podcast is released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


A pale slip of light coming in through the heavy curtains.

When your number gets called in a busy waiting room.

Noticing the way paint is peeling off an old iron fence, revealing another color underneath.

When every button in the elevator is lit up.

A good pair of leather boots, worn in and wholly yours.

The small, familiar creaks as you go up an old wooden staircase.

The soft muzzle of a horse, looking for treats in your pockets.

Stopping along the side of the road to take a picture of an abandoned barn.

Making the perfect Pinterest board.

King sized beds.

When someone writes you an actual paper note with something sweet inside meant just for you.

A dream so good you don’t want to fully wake up.

Hearing the music of a live jazz band, suddenly spilling out of an open restaurant door.

Obsessing over a new podcast, counting down the minutes ‘til you can listen to the next episode.

The most tantalizing lobster roll, drenched in butter, the hot dog bun browned to perfection.

Singing Happy Birthday slightly off key, to someone else at dinner.

A pair of headphones that aren’t tangled up.

Watermelon jolly ranchers.

Recognizing your own growth -- when you make a decision that’s hard right now, but benefits you so much later.

Episode 62: The Simple Joys of Childhood

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute podcast released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


Building a pillow fort out of couch cushions and blankets, hiding out in there for the rest of the day.

Getting new shoes with lights on the bottom, they help you run faster, you can definitely tell.

Running through the sprinklers with your best friends.

A big bowl of cereal, ice cold milk and a big silver spoon.

Your very favorite cartoons for hours on a Sunday morning.

Getting good grades on your report card, how proud your parents feel.

Playing on the playground, climbing on the monkey bars, running in the sand.

Pumping your legs hard when swinging on the swings, going just a little too high, but still coming down safe.

Hearing the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street on the hottest day of summer.

Learning how to swim in the community pool, that pool smell clinging to you the rest of the day.

Riding your bike to the end of the cul de sac, pedaling in big, lazy loops around the neighborhood.

Staying up way too late reading books in your bed, a night light illuminating just the pages of your book.

Visiting a water park and throwing yourself down the second tallest waterslide.

Taking a nap after lunch, curling up into a little warm ball.

How different the world looks when you’re looking up at everyone else.

Watching TV all day after you feel too sick to go to school, the hours drifting by slowly.

Birthday parties every month -- from trampoline parties to bowling to hanging out in the backyard.

Your mom making you a snack before dinner, peanut butter on celery with raisins stuck in.

Not having any homework for your classes.

Sliding down the stairs, over and over, climbing back up and doing it all over again.

Getting to play with your cousins over the holidays.

Spending the night at grandma and grandpa’s house, the yummy meal, the warmth and peace surrounding you.

The promise you made to yourself that you’d never forget what it felt like to be young.

Episode 61: A Compliment That Rings in Your Ears for Hours

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute list of happy things. The podcast is released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


Details in a painting that look so lifelike, it takes you aback for a moment --

How fearlessly some people put themselves out there, how relentlessly they love.

A project at work that challenges you and excites you at the same time.

Seeing a really funky lamp at a vintage store, imagining how you’d style a room around it.

Digging through your cabinet to find your very favorite mug.

Packing your bag for a vacation, choosing just the right items, imagining yourself wearing or using each thing.

Taking a second to breathe deeply, filling your lungs completely and slowly letting it out. Finding yourself, in the present moment.

Listening to a little kid tell you a joke they just learned, even if it doesn’t make much sense.

People who understand and celebrate your introvert self, when you need them to.

When a friend texts to cancel plans, just as you were debating texting them to cancel.

Coming home to a clean house, clean kitchen, clean floors and rooms.

When someone pays you a compliment that rings in your ears for hours, a chime of warm pride and delight.

Getting the hang of making do with less.

Holding a crystal up to the light, and seeing the rainbow colors shine through, dancing on the wall behind you.

Reading a passage in a book that speaks to something inside of you that you had forgotten.

Releasing and letting go of whatever it is that has been holding you back.

Finding a photograph of your parents in a box of memories, how young they were.

Knowing fully that there is so much to look forward to in even the day to day.

A meal where every bite is better than the last, just melts in your mouth, deliciousness.

Riding in a train next to the ocean, just as the sun begins to set, the delicate tendrils of gold, purple and seafoam green sprawling across the reflective waves.

Episode 60: Someone Who Brings Out the Very Best in You

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute list of happy things. The podcast is released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


Thinking of someone who went out on a limb for you, who vouched for you to help you -- how much their trust in you meant.

Exploring a new store that opened up in your neighborhood, seeing all the really neat things they have for sale.

Being able to learn from someone who knows more than you, the gift of their knowledge, of their time.

Thinking back on past heartbreaks, how much you learned about yourself and what you really want from this life.

Walking super slow, looking at all the cracks in the sidewalk, seeing the little plants that are growing out of them.

Trying a new type of cuisine from a different part of the world, how delightful it is to be nudged off of your usual meal selections.

That the days are long, but the years are short.

Looking forward to something you have tickets for -- a play or a concert -- just knowing it’s coming up, even if it’s a few months away.

When you get to see a friend who’s been away for work for a long time, hearing their stories of their travels, the experiences they had along the way.

Slow, steady progress on a goal that you secretly thought you might never attain.

Summer camp, the routines and rituals, the friends and the memories you made.

Staying over at a friend’s house on the couch, the small, unexpected generosity, the strange coziness of sleeping on a couch for the night.

The darkness in our lives that allows us to see the light.

People who never make you guess how they feel about you.

Palm trees waving in the wind, their tall leaves looking like feathers.

Opening a box of candy at the movie theater.

Finally understanding what it is that is keeping you stuck, and figuring out a way forward.

Being around someone who brings out the very best in you.

Episode 59: The Gentle Way Your Own Heart Has Changed

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute list of happy things. The podcast is released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


Hearing the sound of far off church bells from somewhere else in the city, their melodic chimes, relics of another time.

Sneaking just a little taste of cookie dough while baking a batch of cookies for a party.

When you find their old sweatshirt, and inhale the warm, homey scent of someone you know so well.

A crashing, vibrant waterfall at the end of a long hike, your own reward for hours of climbing through rocks and valleys.

Watching someone else take a picture of a sunset, their careful framing of the shot, their enjoyment of something so fleeting.

The warm, bustling energy of a 24 hour diner, right around 4am -- those heading off to work sharing a cup of coffee with those who’re finally heading home after a long shift.

A front porch that goes all the way around the entire house.

Finding something on the menu that seems made just for you, every one of your favorite things in a single dish.

Airplane mode on your phone, giving you the space to think, breathe, begin again.

When a sleeping dog sighs a big sigh of contentment.

Letting someone with only one item go ahead of you at the grocery store.

The electric feel of Bourbon Street in New Orleans in the evening, people crowded on balconies, tossing beads and laughing loudly as the crowds walk up and down.

The good problem of having too many books to read at once.

Ordering room service, allowing yourself something decadent, extravagant and delicious.

Finding out other people’s middle names.

When you begin to see ways of making life easier and better for the people you love. When this begins to come so easily to you that you don’t even have to think about it, it’s simply the sweet gentle way that your own heart has changed.

Episode 58: Becoming Your Own Closest Friend

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute podcast released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


Being the first table at a wedding called up to get dinner at the buffet.

Using all your Scrabble letters in one go.

Eating breakfast very early in the dark of the morning before setting out on an adventure.

Chocolate with little bits of buttery, crunchy toffee in it.

Having the whole row to yourself on an airplane, spreading your belongings out like your own small apartment in the sky.

Remembering your family car growing up, how small you were riding in it, how safe you felt, strapped in securely.

Wandering through a museum gift shop, your mind rich and full with the wonder of the things you’ve seen in the museum.

Someone who talks with their hands, gesturing, gesticulating and waving them wildly.

When you know their verbal tics so well, if they say “Okay, so…” you know they’re about to say something important.

When someone has a really terrible poker face.

Finding yourself at a farmer’s market on a Saturday morning.

A pillow that’s exactly the right height, not too soft, not to firm.

The golden light at the end of the day, washing everything in dreamy warmth.

Getting to know yourself really well as the years pass, becoming your own closest friend.

When your car works perfectly for months and months on end, no problems at all.

Your very favorite emoji and what it means to you when you use it.

Three day weekends that leave you deliciously worn out.

As the plane finally touches down after a long flight, delivering you safe into your own city.

Episode 57: Leaving A Note in an Unexpected Place

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute podcast released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


A brightly colored raincoat.

When other people feel so passionately about something, you can catch their excitement, their vision.

Not knowing what day it is.

When your windshield wipers match the beat of the song on the radio.

When a little kid is missing a few of their teeth, that big toothy smile.

Watching your breath fog out in the chill of a cold morning.

An English pub with traditional pub food.

When they wait outside after dropping you off to make sure you get in your house safely.

Natural auburn hair, fiery under the afternoon sun.

Brushing your teeth with a new toothbrush.

Tuning into a radio station so precisely there’s no feedback.

Nailing a new pose in yoga class.

Leaving someone you love a note in an unexpected place.

Finding something you lost a really long time ago.

When you finally stop hiccuping.

Coasting down a long hill on your bike after pedaling hard on the way up.

Capturing a spider and letting it go outside.

The moment the plane lifts off from the runway, that lightness in your stomach.

Four day weekends.

A stranger offering to take a picture of you and your friends, right when you needed it.

Plugging in your phone right before the battery dies.

Gathering the strength to apologize, when you were wrong, and being forgiven, instantly.

Episode 56: Finding Something You Thought You’d Lost Forever

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute podcast released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


When the item you’re buying is on sale and you get a nice discount

Mopping your floors and reveling in how sparkling clean it is.

Walking through an antique store and coming across an object so strange you can’t stop thinking about it all day.

A text message that makes you blush to your core.

Harmonizing when singing with someone else.

Walking around a new place with your best friend.

Squishing playdoh in your hands, how soft and sticky it is.

Finding something you really felt you had lost forever.

Calling your mom or dad and telling them you love them.

Forgetting your cell phone for a while.

Listening to the voice of someone you love, talking bout the most boring things.

The way a dog barks when they’re happy to see you, not just warning you off.

Going to bed earlier than you normally would.

The British spelling of a word you love so much.

Texting way past your bedtime with your very best friends.

Visiting Central Park in the Springtime, the flowers and sounds of happiness filling the air.

The funny way penguins waddle around on ice.

Observing the way your hometown has changed slowly, over time.

The sound of a lonely foghorn, off in the distance.

Climbing up into a treehouse long after you’re the age for it.

Knowing that at any moment you can have a different kind of life, if you want it.

Episode 55: That Light in the Window is Welcoming You Home

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute podcast released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


Spying something cool in a shop window and pausing to take a longer look at it.

The very, very end of the movie Before Sunset when she’s dancing and singing softly, laughing to herself.

A bowl of bright orange tangerines.

Finding connection with someone you don’t know, a shared glance or smile, if only for a moment.

Putting in your two weeks notice at a job that’s not right for you any longer.

Starting a brand new book you’ve been eager to read.

Feeling included when someone’s planning a party.

Asking a question that changes the entire conversation.

Exploring a new hotel room, opening all the doors and looking in the bathroom.

A really good stretch that leaves you feeling calmer and more limber.

New Year’s resolutions that actually stick with you.

Making something with your own hands.

Reading a personal memoir that challenges the way you think about the world.

Dinner with an old friend, where you fall right into step again without missing a beat.

When the lights go down in the theater right before the movie starts.

The smell of a sports field in the hot sun.

Using a stapler, how nice it feels to punch through paper, the satisfying tschhnk.

Seeing someone you love perform a lead role in a play, and they do so well!

At the end of a concert when the band comes out for one final encore and they play your very favorite song.

A polaroid picture slowly developing while you look at it.

Enjoying someone else’s garden, having them point out all the different plants and flowers.

The first bite of truly, stupidly delicious pizza.

Walking up to your house at night and seeing the glow of a light shining in the window, welcoming you back home.

Episode 54: It’s So Nice to Be Known, To Be Seen

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute podcast released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


Observing, up close, the beauty of a hardwood floor -- how the wood grain swirls and waves in the aging lumber.

Sitting side by side with someone important to you, every fiber of your being alive, alert, electrified by their presence.

Finding the exact right word to describe how you’re feeling.

The warmth of an electric blanket in the coldest room you’ve ever been in.

Adding a book to your library list.

Driving past a herd of happy cows, munching away on grass.

Someone sending you a video of puppies doing cute things.

The first “yes” after a ton of “no”.

Soft, comfortable underwear.

Telling someone what you need, and getting it.

Fresh mint leaves, crushed between your fingers.
Taking a long bath, the water so perfectly warm and soothing you almost fall asleep.

When someone who knows you really, really well gently makes fun of you in a loving way. (It’s so nice to be known, to be seen.)

The color of your favorite mug.

Looking at red carpet photos of strong, talented women wearing incredible suits.

Visiting a small town for long enough that you start to feel like a local.

Finding the sky after a long day at work.

Teaching a kid how to tie their shoes, watching their face as they finally “get” it.

Throwing away things that are cluttering your personal space.

Researching a topic you’ve always wondered about, just for fun.

When you go inside a little store and everything inside feels hand-selected just for you.

Crashing ocean waves on the sand, heard over and over until it calms your heart and fills you with a peace that lasts.

Episode 53: A Postcard to Someone Far Away

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute podcast released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


Writing a postcard to someone who lives far away, trying to condense everything you’re feeling and experiencing into just a few sentences.

Falling asleep on a pool float in the late afternoon.

Someone rubbing your back as you fall asleep.

The exact moment a new craft project begins to take shape.

Getting through everything on your to-do list.

All kinds of mismatched mugs in the kitchen cupboard.

Gorgeous old wallpaper in every room of a house from another era.

Watching an old home movie that you were too young to remember happening.

The feeling in the air before an enormous storm.

Being exposed to a brand new idea, something different and worth thinking about.

Tearing off a brand new fresh calendar page.

Hearing kids making each other laugh.

Achieving a goal you worked towards for a long time.

The moment the screen goes to black at the end of a movie you loved so much.

When someone tells you they miss you.

When you’re suddenly free to do exactly what you want with your day, even if its nothing.

Blow drying your hair when it’s freezing cold outside.

Remembering to relax your shoulders, release tension in your jaw and neck.

Taking a moment to enjoy the day, just because.

When they’re waiting to pick you up right when you arrive.

New shoes that fit perfectly, and make you feel fast and dancey.

That feeling of optimism that leaves you feeling hopeful for the future.

Episode 52: The Magic of A New Year

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute list of happy things. The podcast is released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


Dressing up in your very best clothes for a stunning night out with friends.

A glass or two or three of champagne, that nervous laughter right after popping the cork and the tiny bubbles traveling up the glass.

Sparkly clothes, sparkly shoes and wearing funny party hats.

Watching the fireworks explode all over the city, burst of white, blue and gold, all heralding a change that’s here.

The fact that there’s no one way to celebrate but everyone will experience it in some way.

Tuning in early to watch the ball drop in New York so you can go straight to bed in your comfy pajamas.

Staying up well past midnight with the people that you loved deeply.

The perfect cheese board with all the most delicious meats and cheeses.

The joy of the unknown, though you’ll find your way as long as you begin.

Shedding the past and getting rid of what’s not serving you anymore.

Dancing like nobody’s watching, even if they are.

The roar all down the street as everyone celebrates and makes noise together, strangers call out to one another, there’s so much goodwill in the air.

Singing Auld Lang Syne and meaning every word of it - nostalgia, joy and sorrow - all flung together.

The feeling of hope that even your most cynical side can’t ignore.

Thinking back on how far you’ve come in the past 12 months, how different life can be in just a single year.

That last 10-second countdown, you look around and pull your person close, sharing a sweet kiss as the New Year begins.

Knowing your resolution through and through, feeling it deep in your heart, a commitment to do better, to look closer, to be more open, to want what you have and to hold it closely throughout the year.

Episode 51: Can’t Stop Looking At You

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute list of happy things. The podcast is released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


Shiny, patent leather shoes, the very first day that you wear them.

Wearing tights with little polka dots all over them.

Watching a marching band come crashing down the street.

A whole mess of kids, all wearing school uniforms.

Expensive mechanical pencils.

A really cool ink stamp in your passport.

When they can’t stop looking at you and you can’t stop looking at them.

The biggest cable knit sweater you ever saw.

Hearing a really beautiful accent.

Being close enough to feel their heartbeat.

Erasing something cleanly with a fresh eraser.

When the traffic light turns green before you get to it, so you don’t even have to stop.

Not knowing which day of the week it is.

When you recommend a TV show to someone and they actually love it..

Eating ice cream out of the container.

Electronically signing a document.

A bouquet of the most delicate pale, peach colored roses.

Seeing a dog dish with water, outside a store.

When the fortune inside of a fortune cookie actually feels a little bit accurate.

A real estate listing for the most perfect old mansion in a part of town that you’ve always loved.

Reading a poem that ends like a gut punch, so beautiful you can hardly stand it.

Episode 50: The Feeling of Christmas in the Air

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute list of happy things. The podcast is released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


A beautiful festive wreath on your own front door.

Going to the Christmas tree lot and picking out just the right tree, the pine scent filling your car and your home for weeks.

Long breaks and vacations with nothing to do but read.

Finding the perfect present for each person, something they loved but would never get for themselves.

Decorating the tree, pulling out the ornaments that you’ve gathered over the years placing them carefully among the soft, glowing lights.

Planning what to cook and bake for Christmas breakfast and dinner -- something savory, something sweet.

Seeing bright red poinsettia flowers everywhere you go.

Hearing Christmas music from all corners - the gas station, the market - songs you know so well and haven’t heard since last year.

Making popcorn garlands and cranberry wreaths.

Passing a group of carolers on the street, they’re singing your favorite song.

Wandering down the street late at night to see all the lights and decorations, the pavement almost glows, it’s all warmth and peace.

Drinking eggnog with a little splash of brandy.

Volunteering your time, energy and money to help those who need it and being glad to do so.

Going to a Christmas party and wearing your very best, the lights, food and company warming you from within.

Stuffing a stocking for a little kid, some candy and tangerines, a few small toys and then seeing their delight as they tear into it on Christmas morning.

Watching classic holiday movies, A Christmas Story, Elf, Home Alone - each one familiar and loved.

Finding yourself under the mistletoe with someone that you really want to kiss.

Building a gingerbread house with little kids and piling on the colorful candies in the white icing, it’s not pretty but it’s sure is cute.

Bundling up and making a snowman, you might look a little lopsided but he’s yours all the same.

Seeing all the presents and brightly colored packages under the tree.

Pulling the plastic off that first candy cane, before you’ve had so many that you’re almost sick.

Cards from so many far-flung friends and family members, it’s amazing to see how everyone has grown over the year.

One of your friends going all out with an ugly sweater party.

Eating a truly obscene amount of carefully decorated sugar cookies.

Listening to Charlie Brown Christmas, the greatest Christmas music of all time.

Christmas episodes of your favorite TV shows no matter how old they are.

The way that this time of year can make you feel like a kid again, if only for a few hours, you can feel the joy and the excitement and hold that feeling and the people you love, close.

Episode 49: Winter is Here, Calm and Cozy

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A cozy fire in the fireplace.

Thick, warm woolen socks.

The first time ice skating all year and the skates are tight on your feet and you weave between couples and little kids, the ice is cold and strong beneath you.

Making the perfect snowball, crunching the snow between your hands.

The warm glow of holiday lights all around town.

Drinking special winter beers and ciders.

Making homemade soup in the crockpot and enjoying the scent all day long.

The first driving tracks on a snowy street.

Wearing your warmest scarfs and thickest coats.

Snow days.

Getting stacks of cards and packages in the mail.

Skiing and sledding, the joy of being outdoors, the sharp cold air filling your lungs.

Cuddling with someone you love under a warm blanket.

Dogs of all sizes wearing funny little sweaters.

Hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream and marshmallows.

Solid, insulated winter boots.

Almost slipping on icy pavement but then catching yourself.

Rosy cheeks in cold winter air.

Setting your work auto-responder cause you’re finally going on vacation, skipping to somewhere a little bit warmer.

That it gets dark earlier now and the stars seem to shine brighter.

Warm pajamas under down-filled duvet covers.

Trees all over town covered in snow.

The radio playing nonstop holiday songs.

Layering all your favorite sweaters and long sleeve shirts.

Bonfires and the smell of smoke wafting from chimneys all season.

Hot toddies, Irish coffee, spiked apple cider and mulled wine.

All the best movies are released this time of year.

The smell of winter - ice cold air, something delicate like falling leaves, snow, pine trees, chimney smoke, all muddled together with a sharp, spicy scent.

Opening up a brand new calendar and writing in a new planner for next year.

Snuggly cats curled up right next to you all day.

It feels like the perfect season to say “I love you” to someone.

Using the cold as an excuse to cancel plans and stay inside instead.

Getting back into bed after a quick morning errand.

When someone else brings in more firewood so you don’t have to go out in the cold.

The glow of candles all around the room at night.

The thrill of days off and of days spent sleeping in.

Warming your hands on a mug of your favorite tea.

The feeling during this season that almost overwhelms you, the joy, warmth and appreciation and the anticipation that spring will come again.

Episode 48: Your Own Gorgeous Map of the World

Happiness Spells is a 5-minute podcast released twice weekly, filled with lists of positive, grateful memories, feelings and thoughts. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app or service, and tell a friend who might love it.


The day after a hard rain, the city streets are fresh, the birds and flowers seem to sparkle in the sun.

Watching old comedies from the ’30s, all the fanfare and costumes.

Learning how to juggle and actually keep all three objects in the air.

When a little kid that you know loses their first tooth and they get so excited about the tooth fairy.

David Sedaris’ impression of Billie Holiday’s singing, so accurate, I still think about it many years after hearing it for the first time.

The skyline of a city, illuminated in stark black and white relief.

Seeing someone that you once loved at a party, finding that things are easy between you, no sadness or harshness remains.

Looking at an enormous map of the world from decades ago, spotting the differences.

The DVD commentary for pretty much any movie made in the ‘90s and 2000’s.

When a butterfly lands in your hand for a moment and flies off again.

A train’s horn from far away in the night.

Making it to the gas station when the gas light has been on for far too long.

Betting on something small between friends and winning cause you know your friends so well.

A really cool old sign on a building, maybe not even for the business that’s there now but a sign from long ago.

When someone texts you from the plane to let you know that they’re taking off and texts you again when they land safe.

An English pub decorated to the fullest for the holidays.

When you make a hard decision and know in your gut that it was the right move for you.

Being useful even if only for a few hours at a time.

Feeling yourself become more patient than you used to be and more forgiving than you once were.