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The US Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence says the “pur­suit of Hap­pi­ness” is one of mankind's most ba­sic rights. But can you ac­tu­ally pur­sue hap­pi­ness, and how do you know when you catch it?

Per­son­ally, I've al­ways found the big­gest bar­rier to hap­pi­ness is think­ing too much about your­self. Con­versely, the best way to find your­self feel­ing good is to do some­thing mean­ing­ful for oth­ers — your fam­ily, or even peo­ple you don't know.

Writer Katie Spain puts that hy­poth­e­sis to the test for our cover story to­day, in an is­sue we hope puts a smile on your face. Katie's month-long ex­per­i­ment with ran­dom acts of kind­ness yielded some sur­pris­ing, and mov­ing, re­sults.

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