Amazing Stories: Albert Einstein's Theory Of Happiness

Have you ever heard of Albert Einstein's theory of happiness? The famous physicist tipped a Japanese courier two notes explaining his theory for a happy life.


"A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness".

At first glance, this seems like a phrase from a self-education book or maybe from a Tibetan monk, but the real author of these words is the famous Albert Einstein. It seems that the father of the Theory of Relativity also knew the secret to achieve complete happiness.

Living modestly, quietly and without obsessions about achieving success was all he needed to be happy.

This is a theory similar to other famous phrases collected by Ernst Straus in the book "Einstein: A Centenary Volume": "If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things".

Albert Einstein argued that neither wealth nor the accumulation of possessions enhances a person's happiness and that the simplest things can provide great joy.

Albert Einstein's Happiness Theory Was Offered As A ... Tip

The German physicist, one of the great minds of the 20th century, wrote his own "Theory of Happiness" and offered it as a tip. Yes, you read that right, as a tip!

Here is how the story goes: In 1922, Albert Einstein was on a tour of Japan to give several lectures. He knew that he had won the Nobel Prize for Physics, but was unable to attend the ceremony in Stockholm.

Einstein was staying at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo when a courier arrived with a message.

It is not known for sure whether the Japanese messenger refused a cash tip or whether the physicist was short of cash at the time, but the truth is that he wanted to thank him for his service by giving him two handwritten notes, suspecting that one day he would be famous.

Discover Einstein's Two Happiness Formulas

These two pieces of paper with Einstein's signature contained his "formulas for happiness" in German.

One was: "A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness", written on a sheet of hotel letterhead.

The other was a shorter text written by Albert Einstein on a plain sheet of paper: "Where there is a will, there is a way".

The heir of that Japanese courier, who preferred to remain anonymous, recounts how Einstein had warned his relative to keep the notes.

"Perhaps, if you're lucky, these notes will become more valuable than the tip itself," Einstein supposedly told the messenger. A statement that will come true when the notes were auctioned at the Winner House in Jerusalem.

"The two documents signed by Einstein are the most interesting items we have in this lot. The courier's heirs decided to bid on them and so they came to us," said Efe Raziel Seckbaj, editor of the Winner Auction House catalog.

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