The Upside of Money: What happy money can do for you and your loved ones

Money supports people…makes people happy…helps realize dreams…bonds people…warms people’s hearts… So much of our future outlook is dependent on or present or our current beliefs and attitudes.

Ken Honda

We often hear about the ills of money, so it’s easy to forget about its potential.

Ken Honda opens his book, Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money, by posing the question. “Is your money smiling?”

He describes an encounter with a woman who wants to inspect the bills in his wallet. She argued that the bills “can laugh or cry depending on how it was given or received.”

“There is so much money out there right now spreading happiness and love. But so much is also spreading sadness and fear.”

I can sometimes get too focused on the negative aspects of money, the fear, and the sadness it instills. I forget the potential of what it can do. Ken Hondo argues that when the emotion behind it is love and not fear, it becomes happy money.

His book is another reminder that how we think and feel determines our stories. And such stories have an impact on how we interpret the world and ourselves and also our actions and choices.

Is your money happy?

Knitting Notes

I was going to make the Petersholm Farm Thrummed Mittens and bought the kit. After knitting them for a while, I decided I didn’t want mittens. So, I “frogged” it and started a hat instead.

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