The Pursuit of Happiness | Independence Day Reflections

The Pursuit of Happiness on Independence Day

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The declaration of independence is one of the many documents we learn about in grade school. Many students are often required to actually learn it well enough to recite it on their own. While I cannot still recite the entire preamble to the Declaration, there is one line that will never fade from my memory and it’s the statement where we declare that we are all created equal and we have unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s the last right that truly strikes me as the most unique characteristic to American values, that we have the right to the pursuit of happiness. What does that mean to you? What brings you joy and how do you pursue that?