Episode 14: A Rainy Weeknight


The mundane strikes us this week, but there's so much happiness to be found in every day victories. In the curve of their jaw, in the solitude before the rain.

Their hand in yours, safe and secure.

An almost too-short new haircut but knowing it’ll grow out soon enough.

Being really well-known by a small batch of trustworthy people.

Snow boots crunching through a thin layer of ice on snow, looking back to see only your steady footprints in the white velvety blanket.

Pulling out a measuring tape and measuring things.

Picking out a vintage perfume bottle, giving a hint of a whiff of a scent, thinking of who may have worn it all those decades ago.

Finding out there’s 126 colors of neon and knowing there’s so many colors you’ve yet to see.

Playing dominoes on a rainy weeknight, tucked into a cozy bar.

Pouring warm soil into the perfect pot, putting a beautiful succulent into the pot, pressing the soil around the base of the plant.

Something catches the corner of your eye and when you look up, it’s the biggest yellow butterfly you’ve ever seen floating across the street.

Learning about how they make champagne and imagining them carefully turning the champagne bottle a quarter turn, over and over every few days.

Picking berries off a bush in the heat of the summer, not even waiting to wash them, just grazing as you go.

Recognizing your mother’s eyes in your daughter’s face.

Feeling under the counter for a place to hang your bag and finding one.

A text from a beloved sister, unexpectedly coming to surprise you.

When they notice the extra care and attention that you put into your work and when it matters and when it makes a difference.

The utter privilege of reaching out and running your hand through their hair, your finger along their jawline and memorizing every inch of their sweet face.



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