.......What does happiness mean to you?
Albert Einstein, world famous theorist, was also known to offer poignant opinions on topics from love to government and god. It was discovered he had a theory on happiness. In 1922, Einstein was in Tokyo on a lecture tour and had just heard about his Nobel Prize win. Not having any change to tip the bellboy, he wrote down some words of wisdom, prefacing that the piece of writing could be worth more than a tip one day. Indeed, the payday has reportedly come to the nephew of the bellboy who ended up with the note that has recently sold for $1.56 million.
The physicist wrote:
"A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness”.
He also wrote another short note on a second sheet, saying “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” That paper sold for $250,000.
We live in a society now full of pressure and stress, and materialistic views. It is often unavoidable to remove stress completely, however the mindset and decisions we make on a daily basis affect our wellbeing and level of happiness.
Einstein’s message to me reads you have a choice to choose constant stress or a more calm life. Being the most successful in something seems pointless, if you are unhappy, in poor health, and constantly in a restless and stressed state of mind. Pursue those goals, but with the right mindset and balance. Does having the best car mean more to you than having a happy mindset and watching the sunrise?
What does happiness mean to me? It means being consciously grateful everyday with mindful attitudes, finding that balance in all areas of your life, never taking anything for granted, and choosing love over fear.
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