Latest Research Confirms Happy Money

Latest Research Confirms Happy Money

Researchers from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Northwestern University have just completed a study offering scientific evidence that giving to others increases happiness. The more people gave, the happier they became.

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Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money by Ken Honda

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This is what Ken Honda calls “Happy Money.”

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“All the money circulated with love, care, and friendship is Happy Money,” says Ken. “Happy Money makes people smile and feel loved and cared for deeply. It is in many ways an active form of love.”

Anyone can invite more Happy Money into their lives and increase their happiness. Here are some of Ken’s quick tips for experiencing Happy Money:

  1. Help out a family member who is having a tough time financially.
  2. Donate money to help victims of a recent tragedy.
  3. Raise money for a local homeless shelter.
  4. Invest in a small local business that needs support.
  5. Buy a small gift for someone you love.

Book Review

Ken Honda—Japan’s #1 bestselling personal development guru—knows that getting rich quick is no way to achieve happiness. Too often, money is a source of fear, stress, and anger, often breaking apart relationships and even ruining lives. We like to think money is just a number or a piece of paper, but it is so much more than that. Money has the ability to smile, it changes when it is given with a certain feeling, and the energy with which it imbues us impacts not only ourselves, but others as well.

Although Ken Honda is often called a “money guru,” his real job over the past decade has been to help others discover the tools they already possess to heal their own lives and relationships with money. Now, in practical and accessible language, the “Zen millionaire” explains how to achieve peace of mind when it comes to money.

Learn how to treat money as a welcome guest, allowing it to come and go with respect and without resentment; understand and improve your money EQ; unpack the myth of scarcity; and embrace the process of giving money, not just receiving it.

This book isn’t to fix you, because as Ken Honda says, you’re already okay!

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Jacob Wolinsky is the founder of, a popular value investing and hedge fund focused investment website. Jacob worked as an equity analyst first at a micro-cap focused private equity firm, followed by a stint at a smid cap focused research shop. Jacob lives with his wife and four kids in Passaic NJ. - Email: jacob(at) - Twitter username: JacobWolinsky - Full Disclosure: I do not purchase any equities anymore to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest and because at times I may receive grey areas of insider information. I have a few existing holdings from years ago, but I have sold off most of the equities and now only purchase mutual funds and some ETFs. I also own a few grams of Gold and Silver
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