THE GOOD ALL AROUND US podcast is a celebration of uplifting stories and events from around the world. Each week, hosts Deanna and Chris Ley will alternate telling stories of good things that have happened to real people all across the globe. It's time to celebrate THE GOOD ALL AROUND US! It's time to HAPPY UP YOUR LIFE! Please make sure to subscribe so you can stay up to date on all new podcast releases. ...and if you like us, please give a 5-star rating in Apple Podcast. It will only take a sec! We'd appreciate it! ...and if you really, really like us, head on over to Patreon and become our Neighbor! We'll even let you borrow our mower! It's super easy to become a part of THE GOOD ALL AROUND US Community. You can move right in by clicking here: By joining our Patreon Community at the link above, you can get some fun goodies, including bonus episodes and other awesome stuff. Best of all, you will be our Neighbor! But promise us you will ignore the whining dog. ...shhhh CoCo! We are trying to record a podcast here! Be sure to follow us on social media! It's where we share about all the goings-on here at THE GOOD ALL AROUND US podcast. Facebook at THE GOOD ALL AROUND US Instagram at @TheGoodAllAroundUsPodcast Twitter at @HappyUpYourLife YouTube at THE GOOD ALL AROUND US Podcast LinkedIn at THE GOOD ALL AROUND US Podcast Get your GOOD GOOD Merch! Grab some fun (and funny) gear here: Get GOOD Merch Store. Music courtesy of the amazingly talented Timur Khakimov. Check him out at OCHTAHEDRONMUSIC. Visit our website:


June 5, 2023 50 mins

With a busy, fun-filled week behind them, Chris and Deanna share all about the amazing houseguests they entertained, as well as their first visit to The Armory STL downtown. Chris then takes us to Woodland, California where we learn all about the history of Yolo County and the fun things to do while visiting that town.  It's there where we meet this week's TRPATRT hero, Michael Armus Sr, a 69-year-old man who took a preca...

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Between working on the deck, planting plants, cleaning the garage, mowing the lawn, and taking walks where some hitchhiking ticks got a ride on the CoCo Bus, it's  been an outside kind of week for Chris and Deanna. It's after that that we learn all about LaCrosse, Wisconsin and all the fun touristy things it has to offer before meeting this episode's hero, Jennifer Livingston, a local news anchor who was thrust into ...

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May 22, 2023 54 mins

From being a lumberjack who felled an 800-foot tree to spending time at the CityPark watching the St. Louis SC soccer team scrimmage, Chris’s week one-upped Deanna’s for sure, but she WOWs him with her mapigator skills when he tried to quiz her on this week’s destination of Atlanta, Georgia. It’s there that we learn the very-interesting history of Georgia State University Perimeter College to provide a program that provides associa...

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May 15, 2023 58 mins

Silliness ensues in Chris and Deanna's back-and-forth to start this episode. From fake echoes to Goofy gulps, the entire conversation is laughable. After that, Deanna takes us to Greenville, North Carolina where they tour the city, seeing all the fun sights that it has to offer. It's there that we meet Jimmy Donaldson, a 25-year-old who's  taken the interwebs by storm and is making a real difference in people's ...

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Quite the variety of topics in this episode as Chris and Deanna chat all about their plan-free weekend, how Chris isn't a napper, their super cool experience at CityPark, and forest bathing. From there, Chris shares the unbelievable and heartbreaking details of what Lamar Johnson has experienced over the last 28 years and how he never gave up hope or stopped fighting to prove he was innocent of the crime he was accused of comm...

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May 1, 2023 44 mins

Deanna's "Ugly Laugh" makes another appearance right out of the gate, which has a very-tired Chris wondering how to respond. Thankfully, she pulls it together in enough time to quiz him on our nation's symbols (which he doesn't do too bad on!). From there, Deanna takes everyone only 37 minutes away to a phenomenal, world-renowned place that's doing fantastic things to preserve, rehabilitate, conserve, ...

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April 24, 2023 35 mins

SQUASH TALK! You'll be enthralled with Deanna's dedication to having a discussion about "squarshes" and Chris's ability to redirect the conversation to anything but. You'll learn a ton as Chris jets us away to the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain hearing all the things they can do with the extra fourteen grand in their pockets. From there, prepare to be amazed with the never-give-up attitude of Alex Ro...

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April 17, 2023 62 mins

An unexpected week off comes with an explanation and apology, and then a quick catch-up on what's been happening in Deanna and Chris's lives before Deanna shares her 4,794-word story for the first time ever with you, our Neighbors. Get ready, because she's channeling her inner Jules Verne by taking us all around the world in 80 days with two of the most tenacious, determined, and fascinating women you ever will meet....

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April 3, 2023 30 mins

With an Easter egg hunt, a surprise (shhhhh!) birthday part for a friend, a photo shoot, and their very first St. Louis SC MLS soccer game on tap, it's indeed bound to be a jam-packed Saturday for Chris and Deanna. No time to go on and on about it though... she wanted to hear this week's story from him! And while they can't technically travel to where this week's story starts out (wait until you hear why), you w...

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March 27, 2023 47 mins

Deanna shares that Chris now has something new to add to his resume... Cat Food Eater. Bet you can't wait to hear the not-so-good-but-for-a-GOOD-cause story behind that! Deanna then takes us to Naples, Florida where we hear all about its history and what it's known for, as well as how it's had a rough relationship with Mother Nature over the years with hurricanes and tropical storms. It was during Hurricane Ian that ...

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March 20, 2023 36 mins

LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN! Deanna talks about why she can't get that song out of her head. Chris's funny impersonations are in full effect, and of course they have to talk about the return of Ted Lasso. Then Chris takes us to La Petite Roche, Arkansas where we learn all about rich-in-history city, as well as the fun things to do while visiting. It's at a Waffle House there that we are introduced to Devonte Ga...

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March 13, 2023 55 mins

Deanna and Chris are in sing-songy moods as they kick off this episode. They chat about how Chris gets around and their shared annoyance of Snow White. Leavin' on a jet plane, they head to Decatur, Georgia where Deanna shares the history of the town, as well fun things to do while visiting. It's there that we are introduced to urban shepherd John Wierwille. This story is sure to have you on the edge of your seat as Deanna...

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March 6, 2023 70 mins

Join Chris and Deanna as they reminisce about the last 100 episodes of THE GOOD ALL AROUND US. They each pick ten episodes that the other person has told since this podcast's inception, chatting about why each are so meaningful to them still to this day. There are a lot of laughs - and, yes, even some tears - as they go through their favorite stories of GOOD, sharing why they've been so impactful and amazing and how they ...

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February 27, 2023 45 mins

"HAPPY 100TH TO US! HAPPY 100TH TO US! HAPPY 100TH EPISODE! HAPPY 100TH TO US!" Chris and Deanna celebrate this being their 100th episode and chat all about their week. Deanna shares some interesting and fun facts about the number 100, how there's a rise in the amount of people living to be 100+ these days and the why behind it, and how those living in Blue Zones have a better chance of doing so. From there, Deanna t...

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February 20, 2023 57 mins

ACHOO! Sniffle. Sniffle. A little cold can't keep Deanna away from The Happy Place this week. She shares a pre-cold story about going on an eagle hunt with her mom and how amazing the day was which prompts Chris to tell an oldie-but-goodie joke that goes well with that conversation. From there, Chris shares all about an organization that doing amazing things to encourage people to do random acts of kindness (aka RAKs). He shar...

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February 13, 2023 55 mins

Deanna barely gets a word in edgewise as Chris talks all about his newest Netflix fave "Cunk On Earth",  which is a witty mockumentary tracing the history of civilization. With the dinner of his choice on the line, Deanna then quizzes Chris on twenty Valentine's trivia questions before taking us to Charlotte, North Carolina where we learn all about that amazing Gamma + city... and what Gamma + even means (FYI: It has...

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February 6, 2023 44 mins

MAKE TODAY AMAZING is the theme of this episode. Deanna and Chris have a blast chatting all about that and how it's now Aria's responsibility to make that happen. They also talk all about the RV show they went to last weekend and all the fun they had. Then Chris takes us - by plane, not by foot - to Tampa, Florida where we hear one family's harrowing tale of how a scenic helicopter tour went horribly wrong, and how T...

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January 30, 2023 42 mins

Chris and Deanna are both in rare form this episode (the Ugly Laugh makes an appearance), so buckle up, Neighbors. While Deanna's week was a blur that went by in a flash, Chris shares all the things that he did this week and all the people he spent time with, including the furry friends he got to pet at CARE STL.  Deanna then takes us a mere eighteen minutes away to Jennings, Missouri where she gives us a bit of background on ...

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January 23, 2023 40 mins

The clutter-filled HAPPY PLACE is the topic of discussion as Chris and Deanna kick off this episode. Then Chris planes, trains, and automobiles us to Buffalo, New York and gives us a ton of great info on that town which is rich in history and fun facts. We also get serenaded by him in honor of one of Buffalo's famous people. From there, Chris introduces us to 27-year-old Jay Withey, a mechanic who ventured out into the worst w...

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January 16, 2023 63 mins

Deanna and Chris kick off the New Year in a GOOD way with this very special episode. Chatting about their EPIC, eleven-day, 3,200 #RoadTrippinInto2023 vacation, we learn how the idea of this episode came about as they were hiking in the second largest canyon in the US (which can be found in Texas!!!). It was from a realization of how much being on a hiking trail mimics this journey that we call Life. Deanna shares 9 things that are...

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