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Pursuit of Happiness Could Become a Constitutional Right in Brazil

Posted Feb 2, 2011 7:09 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Legislators in Brazil are considering a constitutional amendment to make the “pursuit of happiness” one of the social rights of citizens.

The document now lists social rights that include education, health, food, work, housing, leisure and security, the Associated Press reports. The Senate could approve the happiness amendment as soon as today; it would then go to the House.

The AP story quotes Mauro Motoryn, the director of a group called the Happier Movement, who explained why his group is supporting the change. "With the constitutional amendment, we want to provoke discussion, to seek approval for the creation of conditions in which social rights are upheld,” Motoryn said.

If Brazil approves the amendment, it would follow Japan and South Korea, which already have the right to happiness in their constitutions.

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