Albert Einstein is one of the stereotypical geniuses. He earned him the Nobel Prize for his work in Physics. Rather than that, he also had incredible knowledge and wisdom to share with the world.
In 1915, Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity and made history by theorizing that the speed of light is a constant and that the law of physics always maintains the same form. To the people in scientific fields, these statements may sound pretty basic to the average mind and these theories provided a framework upon which the concepts of space and time were eventually built. They impact the world of science from history to this day.
On a piece of stationery from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, Einstein would write another theory seven years later. This proved that he didn’t stick to the world of science. He revealed what he believed to be the true recipe for happiness. This was not written for a dignitary or company CEO. By promising that this letter would be worth a lot someday, Einstein handed it to a messenger boy as a tip.
The boy knew that Einstein was offering some incredible advice. But he never thought what it would be. This ‘Einstein’s Theory of Happiness’, the small handwritten note, was sold on October 24th, 2017 for an incredible $1.56 million at an auction in Jerusalem. Albert Einstein wrote this series of notes and knowledge, all from the same hotel notepad.
Instead of elaborating the writing over the top, Einstein’s words were simple: “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”
We all need to use this lesson today. We complicate our search for the things that bring us joy such as searching for lavish lives, fame, and fortune in our fast-paced, high-demand world. While the truth is far more basic and far simpler, we find happiness in material wealth. We should strip away the high expectations, misconceptions, and stereotypes.
We should live in this moment and thanks to the incredible blessings that we are given every day and for the life that we are living, and the opportunities we have now.
We really need to follow Albert Einstein’s advice.