Episode 70: The Way Scents and Smells Act Like a Time Machine


All the best smells and scents work as the fastest time machine in the world. This episode is devoted to all the nicest smelling things.

An entire tray of chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven.

The perfume on a stranger walking by in a crowded bar.

Opening your suitcase on the bed after a long journey, the scents of home wafting up to you.

Hugging your grandparent, how familiar and warm they are.

Coffee slowly bubbling and percolating in a coffee maker.

Stopping by a rose garden in the middle of the day, burying your nose in a large, warm rose.

Cut grass from the lawnmower on a hot summer day.

The tiniest hint of gasoline you get as you put gas into your car.

Rubbing a vanilla bean pod between your two hands, then slowly inhaling the strong vanilla scent.

When rain has been falling for days, drenching the streets and the sidewalks.

A slightly smoky campfire, the dry wood crackling and popping as you draw near.

A bag of popcorn, straight out of the microwave.

The laundry detergent your mom uses, reminds you of home.

The very top of a newborn baby’s head.

A loaf of bread, browning delicately inside the oven.

Chlorine from a pool during the middle of summer.

The gentle scent of shampoo in the hair of the person you love.

Walking through the door of a used bookstore that’s been there for decades.

Frying garlic and onion together in a hot pan.

A new box of crayons.



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