We love chasing happiness and apply all sorts of tactics and methods to discover the key that leads to it and the best ways of maintaining it.

It’s been a while since I realized that this idea of happiness was a “very psychological” one, as Albert Einstein had known this since 1922 (and probably many others before him).

The physicist wrote down two theories on how he believed happiness can be achieved on two little notes sold the other days for $1.56 million during an auction in Jerusalem.

Albert Einstein wrote these ideas in 1922 in Tokyo (where he attended at a conference) and instead of offering a tip, he left these to a courier.

The scientist had won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, so he told the boy that if he was lucky, one day he will make some good money from these two little notes.

While enjoying a quiet evening at the Imperial Tokyo Hotel, Einstein wrote the first note in German:

“A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.”

The second note, written at the same time on another sheet of paper, says:

“There is a way”.

The one who sold the tickets seems to be the courier’s nephew while the buyer is from Europe but wanted to remain anonymous.

Albert Einstein said a lot of logical things that people didn’t understand at that time, in a concise way, and the examples below are small life lessons:

  • “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”
  • “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”
  • “We still do not know one-thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us”
  • “When you are courting a nice girl one hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder and a second look like an hour. That’s relativity”