Thursday, January 2, 2014

Nashville Way to Happiness Chapter Helps Troubled Communities

The Nashville chapter of The Way to Happiness Foundation spent the year distributing booklets around the community.

“Our purpose in distributing The Way to Happiness is to uplift the society. One of the side effects of this is a reduction in crime,” says Rev. Brian Fesler who coordinates The Way to Happiness Chapter in Nashville.

The Way to Happiness Foundation was formed around the book of the same name by L. Ron Hubbard. The book is comprised of 21 precepts, each one predicated on the fact that one’s survival depends on the survival of others—and that without the survival of others, neither joy nor happiness are attainable.

According to, “Drugs, crime and violence only thrive in a culture that has lost clear concepts of right and wrong.” The Way to Happiness aims at giving people back a sense of what is right and wrong in a way that is easy to understand and easy to follow.

In the two decades since it was authored, some 80 million copies of the book passed hand to hand.

The Nashville Chapter launched a campaign to distribute copies of the booklet in 2012. Throughout 2012 and 2013 the Nashville Chapter of The Way to Happiness volunteered in local health fairs, festivals and community gatherings. Thousands of booklets were distributed. 

Fesler says, “I just saw a report that the most serious of crimes in Nashville was at a 50-year low in 2013.  There’s a lot that goes into a statistic like that, and I know we played a part.  We want this same result everywhere and are dedicated to spreading copies of the booklet throughout the rest of Tennessee.”

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