Episode 26: Happiness Spells for a Happy Birthday


Birthdays are a bit of my favorite magic, and here's a list of spells for a perfect birthday.

Your best friend making a big deal over you, calling you first thing in the morning to sing “Happy Birthday” off-key.

Spending the morning lazily, no particular rush.

Knowing in your heart that even though you’re a year older, you’re not even, really.

Making a wish and blowing out your candles all in one big breath, even though it’s silly.

Finding yourself capable of surprise after all.

Accepting gracefully that you are aging -- even though your body may be getting older, you’re still the same as you always were.

A present that leaves you speechless, so perfect for you, so generous and thoughtful.

Buying yourself flowers on a whim at the store, arranging them in a simple glass vase that you find at the back of your cupboard.

A single balloon in your favorite color, tied around your wrist.

The simple joy of an ice cream birthday cake with your name written on it.

Giving yourself a little gift, something small but you want it, simply because it’s your birthday.

Getting messages from people who wrote down your birthday years ago on their calendar and they still remember to this day.

The perfect meal with the perfect company, people who are happy just to be with you, to celebrate you, to see you clearly.

Realizing that getting older means you care less about the little stuff.

A chance to reflect on what served you well this year and what you can do without in the next year.

A handmade card from someone you love, filled with inside jokes and such sweet well wishes that it makes you cry.

Allowing yourself to enjoy your day, there’s few enough reasons to celebrate our lives during the year, let yourself have this one.

Thinking about the people that you love at the age that you are now, feeling a part of something larger than yourself.



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