In the Pursuit of Happiness

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Introduction: In Pursuit of Happiness

Growing up as baby boomers, everyone told us to follow the American Dream. This concept was discussed at dinner tables, in the workplace, in schools and churches, in government agencies and in bars.  The American Dream was code for "the perfect life."  The belief was that, with hard work and determination, anyone could prosper and achieve whatever they wanted. There was also a secondary belief that parents should be able to provide more for their children than they themselves ever had.  

Much has changed since 1931 when "The American Dream" was first coined by James Turslow Adams in his book, The Epic of America. Today, the American Dream of devoting your life to your work is no longer a sustainable idea. The cost to one’s family, one’s health, and one’s own well-being simply cannot be maintained for 40-50 years. Even the Declaration of Independence references well-being: 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.”

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Suzanne Saxe-Roux