Episode 80: The City Lights Twinkling Far Below


A long leisurely dinner with the people you love the best, eating ceviche on the patio listening to music, drinking a fancy cocktail on the rooftop of a tall building -- there’s so much loveliness to be found all around us, if we start looking.

When dinner is done and everyone is leisurely sitting around the dinner table talking.

Getting your morning routine down to a science.

Running onto the train just before the doors close.

Eating ceviche on a patio as live music plays.

The sound a good zipper makes when zipping up.

An old vintage truck rumbling down the street.

A night in a fancy hotel, the plush carpet, the enormous bathtub, the city lights twinkling far below.

A phone with a fully charged battery.

Pulling a single piece of hay out of a hay bale to chew on.

Warm banana bread, with toasted pecans in it.

When the waitress sets down your food and it looks so good you can’t believe it.

Their toothbrush next to yours in the cupholder.

Drinking a fancy cocktail on a rooftop bar.

Walking up a spiral staircase that makes you feel like you’re Nancy Drew in a mystery story.

Sprawling out in a big bed, diagonally, rolling from side to side, enjoying all that space.

When someone whispers a good secret in your ear.

Dribbling a basketball, feeling the solid thunk under your hand.

Catching an object that someone tosses you from across the room.

Sorting silverware into the drawer.

A bunch of ranunculus flowers in a glass vase, thousands of petals circling in on themselves.

Getting to talk to your favorite co-worker every day.



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