Consider the words “pursuit of happiness” and ponder what those words mean to you. Do not be concerned about the dictionary definition of those words, or what those words may have meant in the year 1776. Just think about what the pursuit of happiness looks like for you.

For me, it is right here – making sure there is a bit of fun/magic/Christmas in every single day.

If you’ll allow me to share a personal story, I first realized this concept around the start of 2013. I was going through a mild situational depression as my family had been through some trying times and I happened to know that the upcoming year was also going to be difficult. 2013 was my 2nd year choosing a theme word for the year. I chose “fun” because I knew I was going to need to consciously put fun into our daily lives. The word worked for me. It made “fun” a priority. Every day I had to ask myself, “What did I/we do today that was fun?” If it was mid-day and nothing qualified yet, I was careful to stop and make it happen. The word also helped me to recognize the fun that we were already exposed to every day. Making the baby laugh in the bathtub – that was fun, I made sure to remember it. Taking the kids outside to play. Cooking pancakes in silly shapes. Calling my sister on the phone. Deciding to have fun, or “pursue happiness,” if you will, made it easier both to actually do it and to realize that I was already there.

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