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Albert Einstein discovered the secret of happiness and he used a sentence to describe it

Albert Einstein discovered the secret of happiness and he used a sentence to

In 1922, Einstein traveled to Japan after receiving the Nobel Prize for his contributions to theoretical physics and the discovery of the photoelectric effect. During that trip, Einstein gave a boy at the hotel where he was staying a bundle of signed notes that included ideas about what it means to be happy.

According to Inc., one of the notes was written in German and read: "A quiet and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant worry."

This sentence definitely proved to be important as people around the world try to understand how to achieve happiness in life. That letter, along with others, sold for $1.8 million in 2017 at an auction house in Jerusalem.

Psychology Today explains how happiness is not defined by a singular joy, but actually involves a significant amount of discomfort. She argues that genetic makeup, life circumstances, achievements, marital status, social relationships and even your neighbors can all influence how happy a person feels.

In many ways, happiness is under personal control, which Einstein may have appealed to when he suggested that a quiet and modest life brings more happiness.

This is similar to what Frank T. Andrew, professor of psychology at Knox College, said about achieving happiness.

"We work hard to achieve a goal, anticipating the happiness it will bring. Unfortunately, after a brief fix, we quickly slip back into our base, habitual way of being and begin to pursue another thing that we believe will make us happy."