When we say genius, the name Albert Einstein pops up in our minds almost immediately. While we know a lot about his contributions in the field of science, there is something else that is fundamental to us that he wrote about – happiness.
Today is his birthday and we are remembering him in several different ways.
He wrote down a few words on a piece of paper when he lived and this note on ‘the secret to happiness’ sold in Jerusalem, Israel for an incredible price of $1.56 million, earlier this week on October 23.
The story goes that this note was written by Einstein and given to bellboy in place of a tip back in 1922 at Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel. According to Huffington Post, Einstein told the bellboy that if he was lucky someday, the note would fetch a lot more money than a tip. The auction proved that Einstein was right.
So what is this secret to happiness that Einstein scribbled on a piece of paper?
It says, “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than a pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.” This note was written in German by Einstein himself. (Translations into English may vary)
Another note written by Einstein that was also given as a tip to the same bellboy read, “Where there is a will, there is a way,” fetched $2,40,000.
The notes directly came from the great-nephew of the bellboy, according to what Avi Blumenthal, a spokesman for Winner’s Auctions and Exhibitions told the Jerusalem Post. “It’s the highest price ever for an item sold at auction in Israel,” he also said.
Now you know the secret. Be happy!