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Dr. Shari Bax
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Warrensburg, MO 64093

Pursuit of Happiness


Pursuit of Happiness Day: April 14, 2014

"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."

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson pinned these words in the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming all people had the unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Pursuit of Happiness Day is a day to reflect and celebrate happiness and our right to pursue it. The Pursuit of Happiness Day occurs each year on April 13, Thomas Jefferson's birthday.

On Monday, April 14th, UCM celebrated the Pursuit of Happiness Day to promote the mission of the national Happiness Initiative. The goals of the Happiness Iniative are to work for a just, healthy and resilient society where all people have the opportunity to pursue happiness.

More information will be forthcoming about Pursuit of Happiness Day 2015.

Here are some photos from Pursuit of Happiness Day 2014:

A student enjoys Pursuit of Happiness Day and poses with a canine from the Warrensburg Police Department.

Police officer and student pose for a picture with dog.

John Culp presents a Pursuit of Happiness Day award to Beth Rutt.

John Culp presents Pursuit of Happiness Day award to Beth Rutt.


Click HERE for UCM's 2014 Events