November 6 – 12 is Pursuit of Happiness Week and as you know, the Declaration of Independence lists the pursuit of happiness as one of the American peoples’ unalienable rights. To that end, it is up to you to define what makes you happy and to pursue that happiness (within the confines of the law, of course!).
There are many people out there endorsing their guides to, definitions of and brands of happiness. Many of these offer very compelling messages and various ways to accomplish happiness.
Do you want to be happy? Then stop trying to be perfect. Brene Brown is a successful research professor who has studied vulnerability, shame, authenticity and courage. Her blog, Ordinary Courage, champions happiness by helping readers work through issues with the ultimate goal of enrichment.
Psychology Today offers an abundance of resources, articles, blogs and more about the subject of happiness. And Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project is the memoir of the year she spent “test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier…” You can also take the “Authentic Happiness Inventory Questionnaire” devised by Dr. Martin Seligman, the Director of Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Check out this link to the Boston University Pappas Law Library Pursuit of Happiness Week Libguide designed specifically for law students and lawyers.
And lastly, I’ll leave you with A Dog’s Philosophy – the epitome of happiness in my book!