Episode 108: Laughing Out Loud Without Meaning To


Everyday happinesses, including hummingbirds, long drives with the A/C on, the absolute unmitigated pleasure of making homemade brownies and laughing out loud just for the sheer joy of it.

A moment of absolute peace, sitting alone, quiet in a cafe in the morning.

Hummingbirds, flitting about in the sunshine.

Putting five dollars in the jukebox and picking out songs you haven’t heard in ages.

Visiting a friend’s house and they have a magazine you’ve wanted to read.

Being given the opportunity to start over, to try again.

The sun warm on your skin as you step outside in the heat of the day.

Watching squirrels play in the trees outside.

Sharing popcorn and soda in a darkened movie theater.

Being vulnerable with another person, knowing you can be honest and speak without fear, that you will be heard and loved.

Feeling too excited to fall asleep.

Watching thunderclouds roll in across the plains, storms coming in fast in the distance.

Seeing a little puppy when you’re walking on the street, so sweet and small.

When someone asks how you’re doing and listens to the answer.

Your parents showing you photos of themselves as kids.

Getting off of work a lot earlier than you expected.

A vintage VW bus that’s been turned into a camper for long road trips.

Winning at rock, paper, scissors.

Remembering something funny and laughing out loud without meaning to.

A long drive with the A/C blasting and your favorite music playing.

Putting raspberries on the tips of your fingers and eating them one by one.

Making brownies from scratch.

When you feel beyond lucky to be where you are, beyond grateful for everything you have.



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