“In early summer, kids are just getting out of school and want to have some fun,” says Chris Hays who coordinates the Way to Happiness locally, “but near the end of summer, they need some activities and some good direction as they are heading back to school. That’s why we have lined up events for August this year.”
The first event the Way to Happiness (TWTH) will participate in is National Night Out Against Crime, an event created by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
NATW is, according to its website, “a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals, devoted to safer communities.”
In Nashville, National Night Out is celebrated in neighborhoods across the city. The Way to Happiness will participate by distributing informational booklets. “We distribute booklets that contain a moral guide to better living,” says Hays.
The Way to Happiness booklets have been distributed around the world since 1981 when it was written. It is has been found that where the booklets are distributed, crime rates drop.
TWTH has also made plans for a community-wide distribution in late August. Group members will team up with friends to pass out the booklet to every household in select Nashville neighborhoods. Hays is excited about this project, “We are so excited to make this happen. We aim to serve entire neighborhoods with this program!”
For more information about The Way to Happiness, visit thewaytohappiness.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about local activities.