“True joy and happiness are valuable,” begins the common sense guide, The Way to Happiness, written by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1980s. Since then, the book has sparked a movement and has been reprinted and passed hand to hand to a wide variety of cultures and peoples.
In Tennessee, The Way to Happiness Association has begun an all-out effort to spread its message even further. The reason? Organizers for the group say where it is distributed crime rates plummet, as proven by statistics.
“This book spreads a calmness that is unparalleled by anything else. It contains common sense moral messages that anyone can agree with and apply,” says Rev. Brian Fesler, the regional coordinator for the program.
The Way to Happiness booklet details 21 precepts predicated on the fact that one’s survival depends on the survival of others. According to thewaytohappiness.org, “This code of conduct can be followed by anyone, of any race, color or creed and works to restore the bonds that unite humankind.” 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. In the three decades since it was authored, some 80 million copies of the book passed hand to hand.
The Tennessee Association launched its campaign to distribute the booklet in 2009. Since that time, the group has visited local health fairs, festivals and community gatherings. It is currently gearing up for two events in June, and more in July, where the booklet will be distributed and its messages spread.
For more information, visit thewaytohappiness.org.