Episode 34: Watching the World Slip By


General spells for happiness, dogs barking in their sleep, checking things off a list, the beauty of an old city and your feet on the pavement. Enjoy this life, it's the one we've got.

When a dog bark softly in their sleep, what do they dream of?

A big book store and a few hours with nothing to do but browse.

Teaching yourself a little song on an instrument that you don’t actually play but it’s fun, nonetheless.

When someone you recently met remembers your name without any prompting.

The opportunity to try again tomorrow.

Learning the names and shapes of clouds, idly saying them to yourself as you watch them sprawl across the sky.

Sitting and thinking about what kind of vacation actually appeals to you, researching and planning it whether not you ever actually take it, just knowing about it is enough.

The ocean at night, alone on a lifeguard station, braving the cold because you have somewhere warm to go.

Gentle cherry blossom branches in a small vase.

Watching the world slip by below from the window of an airplane.

Looking in the mirror and liking what you see.

Homemade caramel popcorn.

When someone runs their fingers through your hair.

Taking out your contacts at the end of the day.

The beauty of centuries-old cities, crumbling stone streets, towering marble statues.

When they give you a nickname that you like and it sticks.

A stand-up comedy show with unknown comics, it’s good to laugh even if only a little bit.

Going to the movies by yourself, sneaking in a croissant and thoroughly enjoying yourself for two hours.

Not having to manage the emotional experience of other people.

Sleek marble countertops in an unusual color.

The physical act of checking things off a list.

A pretty design in the top of your latte.

A truly free day on your own, nowhere to be, nothing to do, you get to spend the day as you like.

To love and to be loved.



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