Episode 55: That Light in the Window is Welcoming You Home


When you walk home at night and look up to see the glow of your very own window shining out into the darkness, and your heart swells with love and appreciation for the life that is your own.

Spying something cool in a shop window and pausing to take a longer look at it.

The very, very end of the movie Before Sunset when she’s dancing and singing softly, laughing to herself.

A bowl of bright orange tangerines.

Finding connection with someone you don’t know, a shared glance or smile, if only for a moment.

Putting in your two weeks notice at a job that’s not right for you any longer.

Starting a brand new book you’ve been eager to read.

Feeling included when someone’s planning a party.

Asking a question that changes the entire conversation.

Exploring a new hotel room, opening all the doors and looking in the bathroom.

A really good stretch that leaves you feeling calmer and more limber.

New Year’s resolutions that actually stick with you.

Making something with your own hands.

Reading a personal memoir that challenges the way you think about the world.

Dinner with an old friend, where you fall right into step again without missing a beat.

When the lights go down in the theater right before the movie starts.

The smell of a sports field in the hot sun.

Using a stapler, how nice it feels to punch through paper, the satisfying tschhnk.

Seeing someone you love perform a lead role in a play, and they do so well!

At the end of a concert when the band comes out for one final encore and they play your very favorite song.

A polaroid picture slowly developing while you look at it.

Enjoying someone else’s garden, having them point out all the different plants and flowers.

The first bite of truly, stupidly delicious pizza.

Walking up to your house at night and seeing the glow of a light shining in the window, welcoming you back home.



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, California. Our music is by Chris Zabriskie.

Amanda Meyncke