Neighbors are fighting against lethargy and depression with Health and Happiness Day. “The purpose of Health and Happiness Day is to bring The Way to Happiness to communities in Nashville and at the same time educate residents,” says Rev. Brian Fesler who organizes the local chapter of The Way to Happiness. “We feel it is our responsibility to pass the book along. It can uplift whole societies, reduce crime and encourage cooperation.”
The Way to Happiness is an international campaign for better living centered around the book of the same name by L. Ron Hubbard. It is comprised of 21 precepts which point out that one’s survival depends on the survival of others—without the survival of others, neither joy nor happiness is attainable. In the two decades since it was authored, the book has inspired an international movement with some 95 million copies passed hand to hand in 180 countries in more than 100 languages.
“Teaching positive values and a moral way of life has been out of vogue. It is time to bring back the higher standards of our great-grandparents, and we are working to do so,” says Rev. Fesler.
During Health and Happiness Day, residents will not only receive a copy of the booklet, but will have the opportunity to learn how to live healthier. “There will be blood pressure testing, nutritional information and more,” says Rev. Fesler. The first precept of the book is “Take Care of Yourself,” and, according to Fesler, this includes eating well, getting enough rest and receiving care when ill.
For more information on The Way to Happiness, or to order a copy of the booklet, visit thewaytohappiness.org.