Most people know Albert Einstein for his contributions to physics with things like the Theory of Relativity. Only a few people may be able to understand that but we all can surely appreciate Einstein’s Theory of Happiness.
Einstein’s theory of Happiness is easy to understand and readily applicable to our daily lives. The theory made news on October 24, 2017, when the simple handwritten note it was printed on fetched $1.56 million at auction in Jerusalem. Einstein’s theory of Happiness was written on a hotel notepad and there is a story behind it.
Before that, however, the Theory of Happiness by Albert Einstein simply reads;
“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”
The simple note had been originally estimated to sell for between $5,000 and $8,000, according to the Winner’s Auctions and Exhibitions. The bid, however, escalated quickly into the six figures and in fact, another note written by Einstein which simply read; “When there’s a will, there’s a way,” sold for $240,000 after it was initially predicted to sell for no more than $6,000. Buyers and sellers of the two autographed notes were anonymous.
The Story Behind Einstein’s Theory of Happiness
Back in 1922, Albert Einstein travelled to the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo while on a lecture tour. It was just a little after he had learnt of his Nobel Prize win and a bellboy came to deliver a message to him. Einstein either did not have any change with which to tip him or the bellboy himself had refused a tip.
Reluctant to let the boy go empty handed, Einstein scrawled two messages on Imperial letterhead and handed them over. According to the seller, Einstein also told the boy;
“If you are lucky, the notes themselves will someday be worth more than some spare change.”
The seller is said to live in Hamburg, Germany and was said to be the grandson of the mysterious hotel messenger’s brother.