happinessIn the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson writes that our “inalienable rights” are “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Inalienable” means you can’t sell your rights or transfer them to someone else. They’re yours to keep.

But what does “the pursuit of happiness” mean? What did the writers of the Declaration of Independence mean when they put it in that famous paper?

Now it’s your turn: Write a paragraph to define what “the pursuit of happiness” means to you or what you think it meant to those original writers. Use examples from history, literature, from your life, from people you know, or from current events.

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Help your struggling writers—and you!—by identifying five hurdles to writing. Then learn practical actions you can take against those hurdles.

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