Flip the Penny for Someone Else

Let me ask you something. When was the last time you found a heads-up penny on the floor? You might say it has been a while Romina, which I get it, since we just went through a full lockdown and slowly reopening up to normal life, or as normal as we can get at this point.

The reason why I am asking you this question is because I overheard a conversation at the grocery store the other day. The person next to me was on the phone with someone and said that she had a terrible week, but she found a penny heads-up so that cheered her up a lot and she was feeling a lot better that day. As silly and small as that sounds this lady’s day was going a lot better because of finding a penny heads-up. Now, my brain works a little differently. My first thought out of this was “Romina, from now and one every time you see a tail penny on the floor you flip it! Maybe it will make someone’s day!”


I know I am not the only one that has done this at one point or another. Even though I might feel as I am “cheating” the system it makes me feel good knowing someone is going to find a heads-up penny. So, when you find a penny heads-up it is good luck, but tail is bad luck. When I flip the penny from tail to heads-up I also feel as I am flipping off my bad luck, ignoring the negative energy, and always looking at things from a positive perspective.


Why is it that a heads-up penny makes us happy? At the end of the day, it is only a penny. If I were to offer you $100 or $.01, I bet would get the $100 bill and look at me crazy thinking “Um…of course I am getting the $100 bill.” Well, even though the higher amount of money does sound better I think the fact that $.01 can make us happy unexpectedly for a moment or even make our day it is very meaningful.


For years now people believe in the theory of heads-up penny brings you good luck. I think this should bring us all back to the small details and the happy moments of our lives. If a small of a value of a penny can cheer you up, can you imagine how much happier you would be if you appreciated the small things in life a lot more? Why don’t we program our brains to practice gratitude more often and show appreciation for the small details of our lives? Think about it? What are some small details that you have been ignoring recently but without them, you would feel a little incomplete? Grab a pen and paper and write them down. Go as far as sharing them with your loved ones or your collogues if it’s work-related. You might be surprised what conversation this list might spark and how many meaningful conversations you might end up having from it.


Now, going back to the tails penny. If you find one on the floor go ahead and flip it. That might not have been your luck, but you can prepare a happy moment for the next person. At the end of the day, it is not about just the penny, it is about our lives and our sad and happy moments. If we are having bad luck while working on a contract, on a relationship, or a friendship, that “penny” might have not been for you to begin with so maybe it is better to flip it and let it free to bring good luck to the next person.

A popular proverb says, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, but I want to change that to “One person’s bad luck is another person’s good luck”. There are trillion of chances out in the world, and we have 7.8 billion people on this planet so if we all genuinely flip our “bad luck” to someone else's “good luck” good karma will come our way. Do not forget, when you do good, you find good!


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