Episode 72: Lifting You Up, and Holding You Steady


The acts of honesty that keep us afloat, the smallest joys to be found -- rushing out of class at the bell, dancing all night with your friends, and long hikes with a dog that loves you.

Going to a restaurant in a different country and doing your best to order in another language.

Realizing you could give a tour of our own neighborhood from how often you’ve walked around and looked at everything.

Brand new tile floors, with all the white grout laid perfectly in.

Taking a second to appreciate someone in your life who helped you when you needed it.

The feeling of finishing your last exam for the last class of the semester.

A shoulder rub that leaves you so relaxed.

Writing your true emotions in a journal, that act of honesty lifting you up, holding you steady.

Thinking back to when you were young, and copied dance moves from music videos.

Being able to see the circumstances that brought you to now.

When everyone at the table raises their glass and cheers at the same time, all laughing and drinks clinking.

When two of your very good friends get engaged.

Giving someone a dollar who needs it more than you do.

Doing something you’ve never done before.

Dancing late into the night with your friends, the beat of the music keeps your feet moving.

Getting a brand new tattoo that holds so much significance for you.

Reaching into a jacket pocket and finding a receipt for dinner with a friend, memories flooding back to you.

Laughing so hard at the very stupidest things.

The way parents understand the jumbled, excited words of their own very young children.

Completing a task that you’d been putting off for weeks.

Going on a long hike with your dog and they seem more excited than you are.

Finally getting a good night’s rest, waking up and realizing you feel yourself again.



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 Tijuana, MX. Our music is by Chris Zabriskie.

Amanda Meyncke