Episode 60: Someone Who Brings Out the Very Best in You


Summer camp, palm fronds blowing in the wind, the darkness that lets us see the light -- the everyday happiness that envelops and surrounds us, lifting us and holding us close.

Thinking of someone who went out on a limb for you, who vouched for you to help you -- how much their trust in you meant.

Exploring a new store that opened up in your neighborhood, seeing all the really neat things they have for sale.

Being able to learn from someone who knows more than you, the gift of their knowledge, of their time.

Thinking back on past heartbreaks, how much you learned about yourself and what you really want from this life.

Walking super slow, looking at all the cracks in the sidewalk, seeing the little plants that are growing out of them.

Trying a new type of cuisine from a different part of the world, how delightful it is to be nudged off of your usual meal selections.

That the days are long, but the years are short.

Looking forward to something you have tickets for -- a play or a concert -- just knowing it’s coming up, even if it’s a few months away.

When you get to see a friend who’s been away for work for a long time, hearing their stories of their travels, the experiences they had along the way.

Slow, steady progress on a goal that you secretly thought you might never attain.

Summer camp, the routines and rituals, the friends and the memories you made.

Staying over at a friend’s house on the couch, the small, unexpected generosity, the strange coziness of sleeping on a couch for the night.

The darkness in our lives that allows us to see the light.

People who never make you guess how they feel about you.

Palm trees waving in the wind, their tall leaves looking like feathers.

Opening a box of candy at the movie theater.

Finally understanding what it is that is keeping you stuck, and figuring out a way forward.

Being around someone who brings out the very best in you.



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 Central Point, Oregon. Our music is by Chris Zabriskie.

Amanda Meyncke