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This is without a doubt one of those precious true stories that leave us a lesson to reflect on. The protagonist: Albert Einstein.
The German scientist went on an academic trip to Japan. He was in a hotel in Tokyo and a courier brought him a package. Since I had no money for the tip, offered him his 'formula for happiness', written on two different papers. An uncomplicated formula that everyone could understand. Almost 100 years later, those leaves have been auctioned for a million and a half dollars. Do you want to know what that formula was? We explain Einstein's theory of happiness that you can teach children.
Albert Einstein had just learned that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. At that time he was in a hotel in Tokyo (Japan), for an academic trip. Then a messenger brought a package to her room. Having no money for the tip, Einstein offered him the 'happiness theory', arguing with him that it would be of much more value than a few loose change. Written by hand, the messenger received two notes with these two phrases:
1. 'Where there is a will, there is a way'.
2. 'A humble and quiet life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that goes with it.'
Almost 100 years later, Einstin was proven right, and those two notes were worth much more than a tip. In fact, the nephew of this messenger has raised a million and a half dollars with them.
We are left with the text, with the teaching that we can transmit to our children. These are phrases that make us reflect, without a doubt, on the meaning of life, the path of happiness and dreams. On the values of effort and perseverance, on frustrations and on sacrifice. These are the two explanations that you can give your children:
1. 'Where there is a will, there is a way': An idea, a dream, is enough to activate the engines of life. Dreams move everything. Illusion is always the beginning of the road. Certainly, there is no success without a dream, and no achievement without an idea. Ideas, dreams, just arise, embrace us, stir us inside. All our senses awaken. But the road will obviously be long, very long. If we want to reach the end, our goal, perhaps we must at times renounce placid tranquility ... the happiness linked to serenity. And this is where the next note arrives, closely linked to the first ...
2. 'A humble and quiet life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that goes with it': After dreaming, harsh reality arrives. Success, dreams, are full of obstacles, disappointments, disappointments, fears, falls. Perhaps happiness requires giving up one of our most daring dreams. The achievement of success requires sacrifice, ambition, and sometimes, why deny it, some pride. Whoever believes in something will defend it despite all the consequences. This also implies encountering problems, enmities, envies, fears ... All these feelings subtract a bit of that happiness that transmits stillness, recollection and humility.
Many have seen these notes as contradictory. I do not believe it. Both are related. Einstein extended to the humble messenger two options: to remain in his space of well-being, happiness and serenity, or to leave his space of well-being and pursue some more ambitious dream. Everyone, Einstein thought, is free to choose one of the two paths. You can chase your dreams (and you will have to make many sacrifices along the way) or stay where you are, in your comfort zone and opt for a placid and smooth happiness. Following the first path does not imply not being happy, but rather being happy and unhappy at times, with its ups and downs. It involves small doses of happiness skipped among other doses of dissatisfaction and disappointment. The second way implies a constant happiness, yes, more permanent. It will save you the sweet taste of defeat, fear, frustration, but you will also not be able to reap the rewards after a hard race and taste the warm and sweet taste of success.
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