Einstein’s theory of happiness

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In 1922, short off his Nobel prize in physics, Einstein traveled to Tokyo to deliver a 4-hour lecture at the Imperial Palace. But he also left someone an important message on happiness.

Out of tip money at his hotel, Einstein instead gave his Japanese courier a nugget of wisdom:

“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”

In other words, be a little more tortoise-y and a little less harish. Nearly a century later, Einstein is still reminding us to enjoy life’s process.

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9 thoughts on “Einstein’s theory of happiness

    1. Just like we compel ourselves to see we must compel ourselves to be happy. Easier said than done 😉

    1. Have you seen the NG 10-episode special that came out a while back? So good. It’s based off Walter Isaacson’s book.

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