Episode 76: We Pass Compliments Back And Forth, Forever

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.


Shuffling a stack of papers together until they’re all in alignment.

Noise cancelling headphones that keep you in your own little world.

Doing something so far outside your comfort zone you can’t remember what your comfort zone even looks like.

Turning the heater up on a cold, cold night.

Drinking cold coconut water out of the coconut.

Grey t-shirts tucked into high waisted black pants.

Your mom trying to remember a joke one of her friends told her and getting it all wrong.

A jar of sand from a beach far away.

Buying a magazine at the airport.

When someone makes room for you in the talking circle at a party.

Spying a shooting star, deep in the night sky.

Walking on a suspension bridge, high above the ground.

Sitting in the back of a car, watching the scenery go by and relaxing.

A stack of warm, crispy waffles drizzled in butter and syrup.

Selecting a steak knife from a tray of them at a fancy dinner.

When you compliment someone else and they compliment you and it’s just compliment city.

Towels folded neatly on a shelf.

French baguette with thick slices of brie cheese slathered on it.

A tiny ship in a bottle.

A good, long, solid stretch from your head to your toes.

Large statues in the middle of a city you’re visiting.

Using your creativity to begin a new project that excites you deeply.

Episode 75: This is What Brings You Joy in This Life

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.


Rewatching a movie you’ve seen a dozen times before.

Ramen soup with long noodles for slurping.

Remembering a password you thought you’d forgotten long ago.

A cold glass of water after eating something a bit too sugary.

A theme party when you already own the perfect costume.

Cutting a piece of wrapping paper all the way across in one fluid motion.

Bus drivers waving hello to one another in the early morning traffic.

Being okay with silence, sitting alone with your own thoughts.

A recipe for your favorite food, passed down from your great-grandmother.

Freshly made cookie dough in a big silver bowl.

When you meet someone who is basically your long lost twin.

Getting a new key made and making sure that it works perfectly.

Glowing phosphorescent jellyfish in the darkened sea at night.

Your boss letting you know when you did a really great job at work.

An elderly neighbor woman calling you a sweet pet name.

Bill Murray’s sense of comedic timing.

Snorkeling through vibrant coral reefs.

An old elevator with wonky buttons that lands you between floors before depositing you safe and sound.

A really good yawn.

Digging deep within yourself to really think about what brings you joy in this life.

Episode 74: Appreciating A Really Specific Thing About 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.


When someone holds the door open for you when you have your arms full.

Dogs racing around, wrestling and play fighting in the dog park.

Coming home to a warm house and dinner being cooked, a friendly voice calling out “Oh good, you’re here!”

Being able to pay for something with the exact right change.

Finding a picture book from when you were a kid, your memories of reading it come flooding back.

A bouquet of fresh flowers, in colors you never knew went together.

Staring out the window at nothing in particular.

When someone else finishes your sentence because they know you so well.

When someone lets you know how much they appreciate something specific about you.

When someone knows the perfect quote from The Office, and uses it at the exact right moment.

A little kid shyly smiling at you in the grocery store and then hiding their face.

Hearing a really good story from someone who tells it well.

Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mulberries.

Closing all the cupboard doors in the kitchen.

Walking by a Hydrangea flower bush in full bloom.

The last shirt on the rack in the color you want, in your exact size.

Hanging out in your towel after a shower, nowhere in particular to be.

Hugging someone you may not see again for a very long time.

A documentary that brings a different perspective to life.

Waking up just before the sun rises, and watching your room fill with light.

Episode 73: An Entire Conversation in a Single Glance

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.


Taking a  very hot bath, luxuriating in the warmth and the stillness for what feels like hours.

An honest-to-goodness double rainbow in the sky, every color so vivid you can hardly believe it.

Lighting a brand new candle, the flicking light, relishing the warmth and the homey scent.

Giving up your seat for someone else on the bus or train.

How absolutely hysterical Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant are.

Looking at someone else quickly and having what feels like an entire conversation in a single glance.

Showing up ten minutes early to everything.

When the curtain comes down on a play that you absolutely loved.

The day you notice that there’s new emojis you’ve never seen before, how fun it is to find them all.

When someone leaves you a real physical note, and even seeing their handwriting makes you smile.

Curtains that keep blowing in the breeze, on a lazy afternoon.

Blowing out all the candles on a birthday cake, everyone laughing and singing.

Summoning up your courage to do something that’s hard for you, but you do it anyway.

Playing with someone else’s hair.

Planting flower bulbs long ago and seeing their cheery colors come peeking up through the ground.

Reading a book set in a part of the world you’ve never been -- feeling your mind make room for new ways of looking at the world around you.

Playing an instrument without having to think too hard about how to play, you’re just making music, reveling in the joy of it.

Seeing a very old couple walking down the street, holding hands and talking to one another.

Knowing that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

Episode 72: Lifting You Up, and Holding You Steady

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.


Going to a restaurant in a different country and doing your best to order in another language.

Realizing you could give a tour of our own neighborhood from how often you’ve walked around and looked at everything.

Brand new tile floors, with all the white grout laid perfectly in.

Taking a second to appreciate someone in your life who helped you when you needed it.

The feeling of finishing your last exam for the last class of the semester.

A shoulder rub that leaves you so relaxed.

Writing your true emotions in a journal, that act of honesty lifting you up, holding you steady.

Thinking back to when you were young, and copied dance moves from music videos.

Being able to see the circumstances that brought you to now.

When everyone at the table raises their glass and cheers at the same time, all laughing and drinks clinking.

When two of your very good friends get engaged.

Giving someone a dollar who needs it more than you do.

Doing something you’ve never done before.

Dancing late into the night with your friends, the beat of the music keeps your feet moving.

Getting a brand new tattoo that holds so much significance for you.

Reaching into a jacket pocket and finding a receipt for dinner with a friend, memories flooding back to you.

Laughing so hard at the very stupidest things.

The way parents understand the jumbled, excited words of their own very young children.

Completing a task that you’d been putting off for weeks.

Going on a long hike with your dog and they seem more excited than you are.

Finally getting a good night’s rest, waking up and realizing you feel yourself again.

Episode 71: A Few Hidden Gems of Delight

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 gust of wind so forceful it knocks things to the ground.

Gazing out a fourth floor window onto the city below, the air wet from rain, people hurrying along the streets.

A single finger grazing your jawline.

The exact second you finally fall asleep.

Oyster forks and long cocktail spoons.

A cold towel on the back of your neck.

Big windows that all the light in that you could ever want.

A friendly face in a foreign country, someone to answer your questions, to help you feel at home.

Tote bags.

Friendly competition that leaves you energized.

Getting new tires on your car, knowing you won’t have to change them again for a few years.

A really good hair day.

Ornate golden picture frames like in a museum.

Stumbling into a coffee shop with the most extraordinary coffee you’ve ever had.

A really ripe avocado.

As you fall asleep, the sound of the freeway melding and changing until it sounds like the ocean in your mind.

A jar of olives.

Taking the deepest breath you possibly can, in through your nose and releasing it all at once.

The warmth of a hot shower, how good it feels to stand under the water.

That even on a day where everything has gone wrong, you can look back and find a few hidden gems of happiness, if you know how to look for them.

Episode 70: The Way Scents and Smells Act Like a Time Machine

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.


An entire tray of chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven.

The perfume on a stranger walking by in a crowded bar.

Opening your suitcase on the bed after a long journey, the scents of home wafting up to you.

Hugging your grandparent, how familiar and warm they are.

Coffee slowly bubbling and percolating in a coffee maker.

Stopping by a rose garden in the middle of the day, burying your nose in a large, warm rose.

Cut grass from the lawnmower on a hot summer day.

The tiniest hint of gasoline you get as you put gas into your car.

Rubbing a vanilla bean pod between your two hands, then slowly inhaling the strong vanilla scent.

When rain has been falling for days, drenching the streets and the sidewalks.

A slightly smoky campfire, the dry wood crackling and popping as you draw near.

A bag of popcorn, straight out of the microwave.

The laundry detergent your mom uses, reminds you of home.

The very top of a newborn baby’s head.

A loaf of bread, browning delicately inside the oven.

Chlorine from a pool during the middle of summer.

The gentle scent of shampoo in the hair of the person you love.

Walking through the door of a used bookstore that’s been there for decades.

Frying garlic and onion together in a hot pan.

A new box of crayons.

Episode 69: A Space For You to Simply Exist

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.


New glasses that look really good on you.

Hundreds of koi fish in a pond, just blurs of orange, white and black.

When they tell you that they were just thinking about you.

Finally getting to the front of a very long line.

A hot water bottle under the covers, on a very cold night.

The people who still love you no matter how badly you mess up.

Hearing the birds calling to one another early in the morning.

Tacos straight from the taco truck.

Freshly painted rooms.

Climbing up lifeguard towers to watch the sunset.

A brand new toothbrush and brand new toothpaste.

Watching everyone else go skiing, while you stay safe and warm in the lodge by the fireplace.

How inspiring other people can be, the things they’ve lived through, what they’ve accomplished.

Hearing the nickname your friends all call you.

Seeing a double rainbow in the sky just after it rains.

Uninterrupted reading time.

Every single thing about Dolly Parton.

Exploring an old abandoned ruin with a few friends.

Finding a moment of stillness, a moment where nothing is required of you, a space for you to simply exist.

Episode 68: The Moment Before Everything Changes

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 super wrinkly English Bulldog puppy.

Salt and vinegar potato chips.

Painting an old piece of furniture, making it new again.

When someone else takes out the trash and does the dishes.

Helping your friend pick out a name for their baby.

Holding hands gently as you walk down the street.

Seeing pictures of Meghan Markle, anytime, anyplace.

Discovering how to spend time alone.

Learning how to say “no,” to some things.

When you’re running late, but manage to arrive on time.

Feeling yourself get better at something, day by day.

A hug where neither person wants to let go first.

People who are always on time.

A worn-in pair of house slippers.

Feeling sweaty after a hard workout.

Not getting sick, even if everyone else around you gets sick.

Really beautiful tile in a public bathroom.

No lines at airport security.

Making up a secret handshake.

The moment right before everything changes, when you see it coming, when you feel it in the air, and you know everything will be different, soon.

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

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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.