The Declaration of Independence states that our unalienable rights include “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Life and liberty may be easy to understand, but that last phrase is less intuitive. How can people have a right to strive for happiness?
The answer to this question is vitally important for America and the world.
Pursuing one's happiness is a moral promise to strive for a better outcome for ourselves and the people around us. Individuals in the United States today still have an opportunity, unseen anywhere else in history, to achieve that better outcome by earning our own success.
Take the Happiness Pledge to show that you believe you are capable of achieving your maximum potential, however you are inspired, and that you wish to encourage others to live a life of dignity and purpose.
Read the Pledge!
"I believe the American dream is alive and achievable. I pledge to pursue my happiness through greater involvement with my family and my community, in my work, and through my faith, in whatever form that is expressed. I commit to build on these areas of my life and set an example to others that Americans of all origins are able to earn their own success and create a life of dignity and purpose when they strive to create value in their lives and the lives of others."
Take the Pledge!
Log in as a follower on this Pursuit of Happiness page to take the pledge. Consider yourself signed onto the pledge when you comment on this thread on how you wish to pursue your happiness. Then you can share with us right here on The Pursuit of Happiness channels news and YOUR ideas about your commitment to your family, community, work, and faith.
Pursue Your Happiness!
You can pursue your happiness in any other fashion that is right for you. Here are some examples of how you can achieve dignity and purpose by adding value in your life and the lives of others.
1) Treat others as assets to develop not liabilities to be managed.
2) Contribute articles and participate in discussions with like-minded pledge-takers here on The Pursuit of Happiness page.
3) Discuss your ideas on social media in a respectful and substantive manner.
4) Participate in community or ecumenical activities that help to restore dignity to people experiencing hardship.
5) Help others acquire a new skill, either through passing on your knowledge in a volunteer opportunity or teaching a young person close to you. Share your experience on The Pursuit of Happiness page.
6) Attend a speaking engagement by a member of a business association, church group, or community organization on the subject of individual empowerment. Tell us about it.
7) Read with your children, help children with homework, or attend your children's after-school activity.
8) Share opportunities to join local training programs and other efforts that assist people in finding paths back into the workforce.
9) Tell us about businesses that enable people to retain and return to jobs after taking leave of absence.
10) Promote programs that assist people with disabilities to contribute in a meaningful way to their communities.
11) Support U.S. leadership in building strong moral and military character among international institutions.
12) Treat American Exceptionalism as the unique trait it is — one that embodies the belief that our natural rights empower us to pursue our goals free of institutional barriers that inhibit success.
How will you live the Happiness Pledge? Sign the pledge by logging in and commenting below. Then share your stories here!