Thank you Declaration of Independence for the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. It's a totally vague right, but I like it! They apparently meant "that feeling of self-worth and dignity you acquire by contributing to your community and to its civic life", but I like to focus on the raw feeling of happiness, so I'm going to stick with the modern day interpretation for these purposes.

I think it's probably the most forgettable right we have, the pursuit of happiness. I mean, we're all busy just trying to get by most of the time. Gotta go to work, run errands, attempt to keep your house tidy, laundry can't really get piled up (bathing suits make terrible underwear), does the car need an oil change? etc. etc. So happiness? Ain't nobody got time for that.

However.

I think we can all make small adjustments in order to keep our happiness in check. After all. If you're not happy, what again is the point of everything you do? Not everything needs to make you happy, but you don't need to feel like you haven't really done anything for yourself in a while, either.

SO! We don't want to disappoint poor Thomas Jefferson. I urge you to start thinking about ways you can make yourself happy. And I don't mean finally purchasing a sports car or finally getting that in-ground pool. I mean small ways you can thoughtfully up your happiness. If you're doing things purely for the sake of others, or your job is really not where you want to be, or you've been meaning to take up knitting, or you've always wanted to train for a marathon but have never found the time, or you've been wondering about volunteering lately, the time is now! Your state of mind, and happiness, are things you need to keep an eye on. No one else can really gauge your happiness but you, and no one else can really make you happy in the long run. That's up to you! So don't shortchange yourself and get to thinkin' about how you can work to make sure you keep your happiness a priority.

So, what do you think?