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Teaching My Baby To Fail – The Pursuit of Happiness

It may seem counterintuitive; it feels like we live in a society that says success, success, success.  If you don’t get the A, you aren’t good enough.  If you don’t get the Ivy League degree, you aren’t good enough.  If you don’t, then you aren’t.  Everything is a competition against the person next to you that is doing it so much better.  Build a better, stronger, more competitive resume.  More time, longer work hours, stronger commitments.  Strive for the American Dream.  Strive for accomplishment and titles at the end of your name.  DNP, PHD, RN, BSN, MHP…

In the American Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers proclaimed that we are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. (

What exactly did the founding fathers mean when they said we had the “right to the pursuit of happiness”?  Is the pursuit of happiness the pursuit of things?  Degrees? Grades? Practical jobs? Is it temporary moments of happiness?  Is it a 60 hour work week at a place makes us miserable?  Is it peer pressure?  Is it social constraints?  Is it judging others?

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