Episode 79: Falling Asleep on Someone Else’s Shoulder


Old brick buildings, fresh fruit smoothies, getting something you wanted for free -- it’s time to start seeing the beautiful in the everyday, the joy that can be spotted if we start looking for it all around us.

Making mac ‘n’ cheese from the box, stirring in the milk, the cheesy packet.

That first hug and kiss after you’ve been apart for a long time.

Old brick buildings with crumbling brick walls.

Half day Fridays.

When you accidentally get something for absolutely free.

Using the bottom hem of your shirt to wipe sweat off your face during a soccer game.

Falling asleep on someone else’s shoulder.

A fresh fruit smoothie with a big straw.

Swimming in a watering hole in the hot heat of summer, cicadas singing in the tall trees, the sun warm on your back.

Windshield wipers swooshing away the rain.

Ducks swimming around in the duck pond, quacking and paddling.

Setting the high score on an arcade game, without even meaning to.

Looking at an old yearbook and finding all your best friends from highschool.

Developing your own photographs in a comfy darkroom.

A drive through coffee shop.

Free food in the office break room.

Learning a valuable lesson from a past mistake, vowing to do better.

Hearing a group of old men talking quickly in another language, smoking and playing cards.

Looking at photos of yourself from childhood.

Listening to a Bach concerto.

Family traditions passed down for decades.



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, CA. Our music is by Chris Zabriskie.

Amanda Meyncke