A Contribution to Einstein’s Theory of Happiness


Most of us grew up believing in fairytales as little children but many have given up on the idea of magic, the make-belief and the Happily Ever After over time. But, the quality of our lives depends more on our dreams than on our decisions. What we think and what we know is important, of course, but what is even more important is the state in which we make our decisions. In other words, our lives depend more on our intentions than our actions, more on our imagination (and the ability to hope and to dream) than our actual reality. Knowledge is limited to time and space, while imagination is infinite and full of possibilities for change, growth and innovation. Imagination is where the dreams are made. It’s where hope lives. Imagination is full of light, power and magic.

Once Upon A Time, a German physicist by the name of Albert Einstein traveled to Japan for his six week tour lecture series. It was right after he’s been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. Thousands of people flocked to his lectures, trying to catch a glimpse of the genius, hoping for an autograph. Einstein was at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo preparing his big speech when a messenger arrived with a special delivery. Instead of tipping the bell boy with money, Einstein had offered him something better— two of his hand-written notes, scribbled on hotel paper. Some say that Einstein didn’t have change on him, and others say that the messenger just wouldn’t accept money. “If you’re lucky, he said, these notes will be worth more than some spare change someday”.

That day was October 2017 and those notes were sold for a combined $1.8 million.

So what was in those notes?

It was Einstein’s thoughts on how to live a happy and fulfilling life– his “theory of happiness”. One of the notes read “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness” and the other read ” Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Albert Einstein, a German physicist, has transformed the way we see the universe. In addition to his theory on light, energy and relativity, Einstein had left lots of wisdom behind, including his theory on happiness and ONE very important advice:

There are lots of important lessons in fairy tale stories and not just for kids! Contrary to the popular belief, a fairy tale is a lot more than a prince saving a princess. Fairy tales nourish our imaginations and most importantly– they inspire! They teach us to follow our hearts, to be courageous and heroic. They teach us the power of our imagination, the power of our dreams and the power of hope. Most of us grew up believing in fairytales, but with time, many have traded their dreams for reality and their Happily Ever Afters for responsibility.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”Albert Einstein
As a result, many people find themselves unhappy, living in a confinement of restrictive reality. Many suffer from depression and anxiety. In United States, anxiety affects 40 million adults (or 18.1% of the population) every year. Too many people chase success thinking that it will lead them to happiness, when in reality, success doesn’t lead to happiness. It’s happiness that leads to success. In other words, there is no path to a fairytale. Fairytale is the path.

Indeed, the quality of our lives depends more on our dreams than on our decisions. What we think and what we know is important, of course, but what is even more important is how we feel, or “the state” in which we make our decisions, and the state in which we live our lives– mainly our imagination and energy. In other words, our lives depend more on our intentions than our actions, more on our imagination (and the ability to hope and to dream) than our actual reality.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to what we know now and understand, whereas imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.”Albert Einstein
Most educational systems are focused on developing knowledge, not creativity. But, knowledge is limited to time and space, while imagination (and creative consciousness) is infinite and full of possibilities for change, growth and innovation. Imagination is where the dreams are made. It’s where fairytales are created. Imagination is full of light, magic and power. It’s what stimulates progress and gives birth to evolution.

I think it’s time we develop the theory of happiness or “fairytale formula” to encourage people to dream big, become the hero of their lives and enjoy the gift of life through the present.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Olianna Portnoy is an author, entrepreneur and motivational coach. She was born in USSR, and raised in Montreal, Canada, where she graduated from McGill University with a BA in Social Science. She now lives in the City of Dreams, with her dog, Mimi Bear.

To learn more, follow her on social media @oliannaportnoy or her dog @followmimibear.

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