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The Happiness Choice: The Five Decisions That Will Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Marilyn Tam

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Money and Other Means of Exchange

What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.

—Julia Cameron

Money is the root of all evil. Money makes the world go round. We've heard both of these statements and maybe even said them ourselves. And neither is completely true. Of course money is useful to have, and it sure makes getting things done much easier. Money, as powerful as it can be, is not the final determinant of the well-being of the world and in one's life. Nor does money control how happy we are. How do we use money wisely and cope with our fear of its lack?

Our mental conditioning and feelings about money are rooted in how the people around us dealt with money when we were young. We generally either took on their perspective or completely rejected it and embraced the opposite. The awareness of this fact may already be obvious to us, but more relevant is how can we apply that knowledge to improve our lives now? The actual amount of money we have is oftentimes secondary to how we view money—just ask any 5-year-old kid with $20 in a candy store how he or she feels and then ask an adult that same question when he or she is looking at the menu of a fine restaurant with only $20 in their wallet! Our expectations, values, and goals drive ...

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