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Albert Einstein’s Theory of Happiness

• Albert Einstein visited Japan in 1922 on a lecture tour.

• Upon his arrival he was greeted warmly by thousands at the Imperial Palace where he was to meet the emperor and empress.

• During his stay at Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel, the bellhop had come to his room to drop a parcel of his. It is unclear whether the busboy refused a tip or Einstein did not have change to give him.

• In return for tip, Einstein wrote his Theory of Happiness on a piece of hotel stationary in German. • It read, “A calm and modest life beings more happiness than the pursuit of success combines with constant restlessness.” • He told the bellhop to save the notes for they might just be valuable in the future.

• This note was auctioned for $1.56 million in the year 2017.