The late, renowned physicist Albert Einstein was in the news recently. Not over his famous theory of relativity—it was to do with his lesser known theory of happiness. In October, a handwritten note of his sold at auction in Jerusalem for $1.7 million. The auctioneers were expecting it to fetch about $10,000.
The note was written in November 1922 on the stationery of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, where Einstein was staying while on a lecture tour of Japan. It says: “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.” Einstein gave the note to a messenger who had delivered a package to his room, as he had no loose change for a tip.
Einstein’s key to a happy, fruitful life was based on modesty and understatement—not constantly striving to achieve success and acquire more.
The Bible too reflects this sentiment in several passages—perhaps most closely in Proverbs 23:4, which says: “Do not weary yourself to be rich; in your wisdom show restraint.”
The Bible outlines God’s salvation plan for fallen mankind. It’s also full of great wisdom. Check it out.
- This article was published in the Orange City Life newspaper on 16/11/2017