My Happy Money Experiment: Final Post

Happy Money, an ebook by Laina Buenostar, has had an effect on my life that I will not soon forget. I just finished the final week of my happy money experiment – a thirty day trial of the processes in the ebook –  and I am not disappointed. In fact, I am extremely pleased with this new discovery.

Over the last thirty days I have been consistent, giving at least one dollar and up to five dollars a day. Of course, I had a note attached to each bill as the ebook prescribed, for more information check earlier posts here. However, I did forget to hide the money twice. I didn’t remember until I was already in bed and I did not get out of bed to hide a dollar. However, forgetting did make me a bit disappointed. In fact, was more disappointed than I thought I would be.

So, I will continue to give happy money. I cannot confirm that it brings money back into my life ten times that in which I gave as the author suggests, but it does make me feel better and I like feeling better! I have paid more attention to everything coming into my life and that has given me more opportunities to be thankful, which, in my opinion, is a good thing.

What’s next? Well, I have ten dollars in my pocket and I plan to give it away as happy money. I plan to give happy money for a long time since it has been so much fun.

I hope you like this series and I hope you give the book a shot. You can find it at Amazon here: Happy Money (Increase the Flow of Money with a Simple 2-Step Formula)
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My Happy Money Experiment: Week 2 Review

For those of you that have not seen the first part of this project, My Happy Money Experiment, it’s worth checking out, it will help you understand what is going on here.

I am now at the end of week two, if you remember I finished off week one by finding a twenty-dollar bill. I planned to get the twenty changed into two five-dollar bills and ten ones-dollar bills but that didn’t work out. The place I went to get the twenty changed did not have ten ones. I got four fives and planned to get two of them changed into ones soon.

I prepared the first five-dollar bill the same way I prepared all the ones; I explain this process in the week 1 review. I was really looking forward to giving fives; it just seemed more exciting than giving ones. I thought I may have a hard time giving up slightly larger bills but that was not the problem at all. I kept imagining someone getting the note enriched five-dollar bill and being about to do something with it, granted it would be something small but something. I figured this could really put a little power behind the note. I guess I liked giving the fives enough that I got a little carried away. I gave three fives instead of two. I got the last five changed to ones and I was set for a few more days.

I don’t get out a lot during the week; I go straight to work and straight home. I don’t like dropping happy money at work; I don’t want to be discovered. One day I got home and realized I had not left my daily dollar of happiness. As I walked toward the house I decided to put it under a sign where someone walking his or her dog would see it.

By the time I got in the house I had decided putting the dollar under the sign was a bad idea. It was to close to neighbors that knew me and I didn’t want to have to explain myself, I really think that would be an awkward conversation. I got my dog and headed back out. I tried not to look lost as I picked up the dollar I had put down just minuets before. I set out to find a happier home for this tiny package and finally decided to put it in a dog poo bag dispenser. I was trying to be slick, attempting to place the happy money in a position where it would come out when someone pulled the bag. I ended up jamming the money way to far back, hopefully someone gets it when the roll runs out and has to be changed.  Anyway, I am looking for a way to have a better plan but not make the process to rigid. I still want to be a little spontaneous as I try to spread happiness around.

I came to the end of week 2 and the end of my cash. I have a strange concept going, I don’t want to go to and ATM to deliberately pull out Happy Money. I don’t know why, there is nothing wrong with that I just don’t want to. Anyway, my wife asked me to get dinner and cash back for a school even. I got the cash and we didn’t make it to the school event. There we have it, another weeks worth of happy money! Oh, and one of the dollars got diverted to the tooth fairy.

To sum it up, I am still having a lot of fun with this project and I do not anticipate stopping after my one-month trial.

Week One: My Happy Money Experiment

For those of you that have not seen the first part of this project, “My Happy Money Experiment,” it’s worth checking out, it will help you understand what is going on here.

I am at the end of week one of “My Happy Money Experiment,” and I am not disappointed. At this point the only thing I can say for sure is that this project has made me think about my relationship with money. Leaving money and a note where someone could find it has really produced some feelings I was not expecting. After just one week it may be too early to tell but there have been some new things coming in, some of these things generate a bit of excitement. I guess they could be circumstantial but the whole process is fun so I don’t think it really matters.

The first day I took two one-dollar bills and put a note on each of them. The note did not vary from the Happy Money eBook’s suggestion: May all your days be filled with happiness, love and Wealth J. If you’re wandering the answer is yes, I always hand drew a happy face at the end.

We had a family trip to the toy store coming up so I knew it would be a target rich environment. I tucked the first dollar/note into a set of baby shoes; I thought that would be a nice message for an expecting couple. After the toy store we went out to eat and I left the second happy dollar under a paper towel in the sink area of the bathroom. Don’t worry I got better at finding places to put the money as time went on. This was more exciting than I thought it would be I really enjoyed it.

I also started looking for things coming into my life, completing the cycle of giving, which is one of the principles the author of Happy Money explained. It didn’t take long before I started questioning things that were probably everyday experiences I had never noticed before. I was amazed at how many things were constantly coming in. Not necessarily cold hard cash but there were certainly things worth being happy for that I never paid attention to before. Let me give an example: my sister-in-law was in town visiting and had accompanied me on a trip to the grocery store, we got to the checkout and she insisted on paying. That has NEVER even come close to happening before.

About day three I was excited enough to add an affirmation to the project. I affirmed: I always have plenty of cash to use as happy money. Later in the week I was down to my last dollar and starting to wander if I would have to hit the ATM to replenish. Later that day I was digging through my junk drawer looking for a flash light so I could fix a tiny bat mobile for a devastated two year old. As I was trudging through the junk I found a twenty-dollar bill. I don’t think that twenty manifested out of thin air but I can guarantee I had no idea it was there. I know this is circumstantial but it sure was a pleasant surprise and I am going to use it for the next week of my experiment.

Looking forward: I am going to get the twenty changed into two five-dollar bills and ten one-dollar bills. I am really looking forward to giving the fives. I can imagine someone getting the five and actually being able to do something with it, one dollar won’t even by a candy bar by itself and giving ones gets me excited.

We’ll see how it goes, but so far I am having fun!

My Happy Money Experiment

I began 2014 determined to be open to new things. A few days into the New Year an eBook called “Happy Money ” found its way into my life. This is not the type of thing I usually spent my time or money on… so I thought it would be perfect for 2014 (Plus it is only 34 pages and .99 cents). I got started right away; I wanted to see what was so happy about money.

When I was growing up, discussions about money almost always ended in an argument. It didn’t matter if I was asking for a couple of bucks for school or if mom took us out for dinner after a ball game, when money came up it ended badly. Although I have come a long way I am not sure that I have complete shaken the negative money energy.

I finished the eBook, Happy Money, in a short time and I was pleasantly surprised. I won’t go into the whole system but the author suggests giving money away by hiding it in an easy to find place with a nice note attached. This process is meant to be fun, and in turn, help bring positive energy to your relationship with money.

Anyone that has studied the law of attraction, the power of positive thinking or other similar ideas probably already has a basic understanding of this principle. For those who haven’t heard of the Law of Attraction or others this part of it is pretty simple. Basically, you get what you give in life. For many this can be a big challenge when it comes to money, it’s hard to considers giving when your just barley staying afloat. This is one of the reasons I like the “Happy Money” eBook, it suggests starting small.

Now I am .99 cents into this adventure and looking for new things to try so I have decided to take this Happy Money
system for a test drive, I will call it my happy money experiment. The author suggests taking it slow at first, which I am in favor of, and starting with one dollar a day. Why not, I pay more than a dollar for a candy bar, which I don’t need, so why not use that dollar to cheer someone up.

My Plan for Happy Money:

I currently have seven dollars in cash. I plan to get the five changed into ones and get started. I will write a small, happy note on a sticky and stick it to a dollar then hide it somewhere it will soon be found. I plan to do this for 30 days and see if I feel or interact differently with money afterword. I plan to do a weekly update here unless something crazy happens – you know a winning lottery ticket, free cruise, or Richard Branson calls and says he wants to take me to outer space in his space rocket for free, that kind of crazy – then I will update immediately.

I have finished week one of my happy money experiment. I have have been leaving happy dollars all over the place and I can’t wipe the grin off my face. I wrote a review, you should check it out – Week One: My Happy Money Experiment