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Dr. Shari Bax
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Warrensburg, MO 64093

Pursuit of Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness Day: April 13, 2015

"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 13th, UCM will celebrate the Pursuitof Happiness Day to promote the mission of the national Happiness Initiative. The goals of the Happiness Initiative are to work for a just, healthy and resilient society where all people have the opportunity to pursue happiness.


Pursuit of Happiness Day Poster

Pursuit of Happiness Day 2015 Schedule:




Service and Games 11:00-1:00 Union Mall
Zumba 11:30-12:00 Union Mall
Happy Dance 12:00-1:00 Union Mall
Ceremony for Awards "Happiness Award" and essay contest winners. 1:00-2:00 Union 237B

In the event of rain, Union Atrium and Union 238 will be used for events that would have occurred at the Union Mall.

More information about events will be forthcoming.

To purchase a Pursuit of Happiness Day shirt, please contact Maureen Wilt (

Pursuit of Happiness Day Shirts

Here are some photos from Pursuit of Happiness Day 2014:

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