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

I was hoping this book would be a nice combination of Zen philosophy and financial management, and that’s what it was, I suppose. He makes some good points about how your attitude toward money is derived from how your parents dealt with money issues, and helps you understand how money can generate thoughts of fear, stress, anxiety, and anger in people. I agreed completely with his emphasis on gratitude, and the importance of being thankful when both giving and receiving money. He did tend to repeat himself quite a bit, however, and his approach was overly simplistic in many ways: think happy thoughts, smile when handling money, thank your money when it comes in, and thank it again when it goes out, etc. I never have considered these types of issues when thinking about money, so if anything, the book was unique and interesting in that regard.

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