Friday, March 29, 2019

Thrifty Thinking: There Are Two Kinds of Money - Happy and Unhappy

“So much money exists in the world,” Ken writes in his new “Happy Money” book. “There is so much money out there right now spreading happiness and love. But so much is spreading sadness and fear, too. … My greatest hope is that this book will help you look at your
life in a totally different way and transform your relationship with money.”

Ken says there are two kinds of money in the world: Happy Money and Unhappy Money.

Happy Money is:
  • The kind a 10-year-old boy uses to buy flowers for his mom on Mother’s Day.
  • When parents gladly pinch pennies to save a few extra dollars each week and send their kids to soccer camp or piano lessons.
  • Helping a struggling family member out of a bind.
  • Sending a few dollars to those affected by a hurricane.
  • Raising money by selling cookies for a homeless shelter.
  • Investing in a business or community project.
  • Receiving money for work or services from satisfied clients.
  • All money circulated with love, care, and friendship.
“Happy Money makes people smile and feel loved and cared for deeply,” says Ken. “It is in many ways an active form of love. … Conversely, Unhappy Money is the kind of money you use begrudgingly. … Money circulated in frustration, anger, sadness, and despair is Unhappy Money.”

Unhappy money is:
  • Paying or receiving money as alimony after an ugly divorce.
  • Receiving a salary for a job you don’t like but can’t bring yourself to leave.
  • Unwillingly paying off credit cards with huge interest rates.
  • Receiving money from someone who resents paying you — like an unhappy customer who says, “You don’t deserve it, but I’ll pay you anyway to honor the contract.”
  • Stealing money — from anyone.
“If there are two kinds of money,” explains Ken, “then there are only two ways to deal with money. We are in a flow of either Happy Money or Unhappy Money. Depending on which flow you choose, your life and the outcomes in your life will vary. … It is not how much you make
or have that makes you have Happy Money or Unhappy Money; it is the energy in which your money is given and received that determines your flow. Whether you make a lot of money or very little, your money can be in either flow. Ultimately, it is your choice.”

About: Money and happiness expert Ken Honda is a best-selling self-development author in Japan, selling more than seven million books since 2001. His latest book is called “Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money” (June 4, 2019, Simon & Schuster). Join the #HappyMoney movement by bestowing wishes of “Happy Money” on the next person you pay, or who pays you.

Ken studied law at Waseda University in Tokyo and entered the Japanese workforce as a business consultant and investor. Ken’s financial expertise comes from owning and managing several businesses, including an accounting company, a management consulting firm, and a venture capital corporation. His writings bridge the topics of finance and self-help, focusing on creating and generating personal wealth and happiness through deeper self-honesty. Ken provides ongoing support through mentoring programs, business seminars, therapeutic workshops, and correspondence courses.

Ken is the first person from Japan to be voted into the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of personal and professional development leaders. He is fluent in Japanese and English; lived in Boston, Massachusetts for two years; and currently resides in Tokyo, Japan. Learn more at

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