Episode 41: The Golden Glow of Home

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The rugged smell in the air of fire, of smoke, drifting from a chimney in the chilled night.

Slicing into a carmel apple, to share with friends.

The worn cover of a book you've read countless times, the pages fall open to a passage that means something more than when you first read it.

Entering your grandparents house, the familiar smells and sounds that comforted you as a child, still here.

Driving up a darkened driveway, the lights in the house on, pouring out golden light in all directions, welcoming you home.

Sending the first text message to end a fight, when you've not been speaking with someone and they write back right away, words of love, of forgiveness.

The gift of being able to tell someone you love them, what it is exactly that you love about them.

Teaching a little kid to tie their shoelaces, everyone does it a bit differently, you've found.

Sitting beside the grand canal in Venice, sipping a bitter espresso as the gondola boats go by, bits of conversation wafting up to you.

The extra hour of sleep you get on daylight savings time

Suddenly emerging from the ocean, gasping for air, the salt water in your eyes and mouth, the seagulls squawking above you.

Wearing mismatched but colorful socks, even if no one else knows.

Getting the raise you deserve, because you asked for it.

Discovering how capable you are, how you've been able to handle so much.

When your friends wish you good luck before your driving test.

Slightly crooked teeth.

Antique velvet couches in positively bizarre colors, pale greens, bright corals - the backs all tufted and the cushions worn in.

Remembering old articles from YM magazine, how you'd obsess over them, little glimpses into a world you werent a part of, yet.

When someone asks you to dance with them, and you feel that chasm of possibility, of promise, in a single moment and you say yes.

Episode 2: Quiet Thrill ft. Bethany Wearden

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.

Waking up early on a sunny morning with the birds chirping outside, the breeze rustling the leaves and knowing you can stay right there as long as you want.

The feeling of a large soft, wooly scarf against your face when the air is cold and sharp.

Walking out the front door of an airport into a place you’ve never been before, closing your eyes and allowing all the new smells to become familiar as you head out into this new adventure.

Forehead kisses from warm, smiling lips.

The deep down satisfaction of writing something and finding all the words and phrases to say exactly which you want to say.

The quiet thrill somewhere between your heart and your belly when someone you’ve been hoping would touch you, reaches out and covers their hand over yours and squeezes it tight.

The way the steam of your favorite loose leaf tea smells circling up in the warm mug.

The unstable feel of cobblestones on your feet as you walked around the corner into an Italian piazza and gasp with the grandeur of the cathedral that suddenly comes into view.

Driving at night on a quaint old street with pretty lamp posts and twinkling lights in the trees.

The spicy smell of hiking under mature oak and pine trees, crossing the stream, one, two stones at a time.

Summertime evenings that are heavy and sensual with the heat leftover from the day, the seductive scent of jasmine perfuming the air.

Crying in a movie theater because you know exactly what the character is feeling and you’ve always wondered if anyone else has ever felt that way too.

Feeling loamy earth between your fingers as you pull weeds out of the summer garden, the sun warm and loving on your back.

Bright laughter and chatter of friends at a long table, the tinkling of silverware and glasses confirming their enjoyment of the meal.

Sitting inside the charming cafe next to floor ceiling windows watching the rain rush down outside.

Laying on your back in tall grass, the strands tickling the backs of your tanned legs, eyes squinting against the sun.

Coming home at the end of a workday to a tidy but cozy lamp-lit living room and curling up in your favorite overlarge armchair.

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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.

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Reaching up, grabbing a low branch of a large tree, feeling your body flex as you pull yourself up and stand in the crook surveying the ground as you decide to climb higher, your hands gripping the rough bark.

Making a meal from scratch and loving it so much you could make it again and again.

Tracing the lines of your lover’s face with your fingers, staring at them in wonder even though you’ve seen them a thousand times before.

Finding a letter your grandmother wrote you where she calls you by a pet name that you haven’t heard in years.

Playing a new game with someone you don’t know too well, messing up all the rules and having it be ok anyway.

Spritzing on a small cloud of a strange and complicated new perfume that makes you feel powerful, wise, sensual and unstoppable by mere mortals.

Organizing a small space just for yourself -- perhaps to write or just to exist in, cleaning off the surface of a desk that’s been buried under bills and books and instead setting down just what you need, just what you want.

Taking a deep breath of vanilla, sweet, so sickly sweet, with the hint of spice to it.

Feeling the muscles in your arm expand as you bravely reached out and hold hands with someone new the very first time.

Buttering a bagel that’s been perfectly toasted, feeling the slight give in your hand, the crunch of the knife against the surface spreading with soft, bright butter.

Thinking with love of a person who took a chance on you when they didn’t have to, the one who helped pull you up and gave you the tools to take your best shot and started you on your path to where you are now.

Receiving a playlist from someone you loved, knowing just from looking it over that they thought long and hard about what you might like.

Coming across the exact thing you needed to hear exactly when you needed to hear it, a single sentence so true, meaningful and perceptive, it sends a jolt of adrenaline straight through you.

The way the light falls silvery and spare in the living room of a friend’s apartment in San Francisco, one morning very early in the year.