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Legendary Life Podcast: Happy Money with Ken Honda

By Ted Ryce | Published on March 10, 2023

The belief that more is better is deeply ingrained in Western societies, especially regarding material goods and money. We don’t spend a second doubting that belief; it is widely accepted that the more we accumulate, the bigger the chances are of feeling fulfilled and happier.  

Yet limiting our existence to how we can make more money and accumulate property, land, or goods might bring profound mental and physical health issues and certainly won’t translate into happiness.   

In other cultures, like the Japanese, more is not better; it is, in fact, quite the opposite. They have a minimalist approach to life; for them, less is better. It is more about finding a balance, the sweet spot between how happy you can be with what you have and not about what you can have to be happy.    

In today’s episode, Ted interviews the money and happiness expert and best-selling author of the book “Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money,” Ken Honda.  

Ken explains why money shouldn’t be happiness’s deciding factor, the difference between Western and Eastern approaches to work, happiness, and money, and the formula to being happier with what we have.  

Plus, they talk about money stories and traumas, different types of money mindsets, the importance of emotional intelligence to gain financial independence, and so much more. Listen Now! 

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