Happy Independence Day! On the 4th Of July in 1776 America declared its independence from, well, everyone who was not American. You may remember the Dear John letter the guys in Philly wrote, signed, and sent to the world. In essence, it said, It’s not you, it’s me.
In reality, it said:
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 U.S. Declaration of Independence
Boom! I imagine the 4th of July fireworks are like the sound made when they dropped the mic after signing that bad boy. (Although the mic was actually a quill pen.)
On the 4th of July, there is much talk about our freedom. Which is perhaps the greatest nepotistic gift our forefathers could have hooked us up with.
Today, we listen to great songs about freedom by Francis Scott Key, everyone who sings country music, and Wham.
We think about and thank those who fought and died for our freedom.
But Thomas Jefferson saved the best part of that epic sentence for the end. Because the greatest adventure in life is pursuing your own happiness. And the most important declaration you can make is that you have found it.
It is not enough to be free. Use your freedom to pursue your happiness.
Find your happy places.
Spend time with happy people.
Find work that makes you happy.
Work with other happy people who enjoy what they do.
Find hobbies and play that make you happy.
Perform volunteer activities that contribute to your happiness.
Eliminate addictions that make you unhappy.
Eliminate people that make you unhappy. #buhbye
Listen to music that makes you happy. #PharellWilliams #BobbyMcFerrin #MoreCowbell
My wife and kids thought that a dog would add to our family’s happiness. And I admit they were right. So maybe get a dog. Unless you are allergic to dogs. (Or to picking up their poop.)
Let the 4th of July be a reminder to relentlessly pursue your own happiness. Discover, embrace and collect all the things that contribute to your happiness. Eliminate the things that make you unhappy. If you are unhappy with your current situation remember that you can change your whole life in one day. Our forefathers taught us that on July 4th, 1776.
God Bless America.
Have A Happy America’s Birth Day!
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+For other ways to discover your own happiness check out my new book, What Does Your Fortune Cookie Say? from Ripples Media.