Episode 106: Oh, You Make My Heart Race Wildly


Getting a haricut, smelling bodywash, women's soccer, a bowl of cherries, the sounds of an owl in the distance -- happiness is to be found all around us, in every small joy and peaceful thing.

Putting on your favorite shirt, how good the material feels to you, how calming.

Smelling different body washes at the store, deciding if it matches you.

Grilling vegetables outdoors, late in the evening. 

Staring out the window at nothing in particular.

Tucking a strand of hair behind their ear. 

Getting a haircut, listening to the snip snip of scissors as they trim your hair.

The smell of eucalyptus leaves and lavender, so calming and peaceful.

Watching baby goats frolick and play, bouncing all over the place.

Boiling corn on the cob, rubbing it all over with butter and salt, the delicious crunch and sweetness tasting so wholly of summer.

Buying firewood at the grocery store for a big bonfire.

An owl hooting gently in the night.

A bag of cherries that are perfectly ripe, a cup to spit the seeds in.

A parade in your own hometown, the marching band playing loudly, for a moment you forget yourself and feel so free you can hardly believe it. 

A towel that’s big enough to wrap yourself in like a blanket.

Spending time with someone who makes your heart race wildly.

Watching a movie you love, even if you know what’s going to happen, it’s still fun, still exciting.

Teaching a new word to someone else, trying to think of the simplest way to explain what it means.

Seeing an old couple in the grocery store, talking to one another about the smallest things.

The crack of a bat when it’s a home run and you can just feel it. 

Seeing pictures of the person you’re dating as a little kid, their sweet face so familiar.



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.

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