When you think of Albert Einstein you might think of the theory of relativity or E=MC2 or many other things — but now you can add happiness to the pile.
While in Japan in 1922, Einstein found out he had won the Nobel Prize for physics and he jotted down a few of his thoughts on what it means to be happy. It was then that he received a delivery from a messenger and in lieu of a tip, Einstein gifted these notes to his Japanese messenger. He is reported to have told this messenger that if he was lucky, one day these notes would be worth a lot more than some spare change.
How much did this notes turn out to be worth?
$1 million. Not too shabby.
So what was the advice that was worth shelling out such big bucks for?
The notes are written in German but here is the English translation:
“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”
“When there’s a will, there’s a way,”
This advice isn’t earth-shattering at first glance, but even the best minds agree it’s the simple things that bring true happiness.
(H/T: Science Alert)