When Thomas Jefferson penned the forward-thinking words contained in the Declaration of Independence, he officially declared the "pursuit of happiness" as an "inalienable right" for Americans, in the same league as life and liberty.
An inalienable right cannot be annulled, canceled, overturned or revoked by any authority, as long as the legal activity does not infringe upon the rights of others.
Jefferson sent a powerful message to Americans: our birthright is to pursue our own happiness. But happiness is not guaranteed and is often fleeting. What is happiness anyway? Merriam-Webster Inc. offers this definition: "a state of well-being and contentment."
Perhaps that's the genius of Jefferson's assertion. We must endeavor to determine what makes us happy. As individuals, we have unlimited potential to achieve happiness if we commit ourselves to discovering what brings us true happiness.
So how do we pursue happiness, especially in the workplace?
If we make a conscious decision to be happy in career and life, we may just prove that Jefferson's postulation was correct: happiness pursued can be achieved, and once achieved it can't be stripped from us by another.
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