Episode 48: Your Own Gorgeous Map of the World


The day after a hard rain. Train horns in the distance. When they text you to say they landed safe and sound. This is a list of general happiness spells.

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.



Happiness Spells Podcast is a five minute list of all the greatest pleasures and smallest joys in life. Increase your capacity for positivity, curiosity and gratitude. New episodes every Monday and Thursday.

This episode of Happiness Spells was written, arranged, recorded and produced by Amanda Meyncke in Los Angeles, California. Our music is by Chris Zabriskie.

Amanda Meyncke