The Pursuit of

All by itself, the freedom to pursue happiness ought to bring Americans joy, but the cramped, maddeningly distracted nature of our modern lives has made it harder than ever. TIME’s Jeffrey Kluger on how we can reconcile the contradictions between our pioneer impulse to chase ever-grander dreams and our contemporary craving for contentment and a respite from the chase. Read the cover story here.

Photograph by Hannah Whitaker for TIME
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