Using the unabridged and complete text, exactly as written by L. Ron Hubbard, The Way to Happiness book-on-film follows the printed book chapter by chapter, precept by precept. The interweaving stories of a cast of characters illustrate each concept contained in the book.
The two-hour book-on-film, produced by the Church of Scientology at Golden Era Productions, its film studio in Southern California, is available on DVD in English and 15 other languages. The DVD has been placed in more than 86,000 school, public, national and academic libraries around the world.
Educators, parents, community and religious leaders, law enforcement officers and many others use The Way to Happiness book-on-film in their programmes.
“I firmly believe that The Way to Happiness can change the perspective of many people to life and difficult situations that arise in it, because today I have been affected in less than two hours.” —Coordinator of social rehabilitation and rehabilitation centre for young offenders
“Extremely motivating and inspiring. The book-on-film should be watched by young and old, because you never stop learning. Moreover, in this world of intolerance and violence, the messages of peace and sharing can bring about a change in the world.” —Teacher
“Two precepts really took my daughter’s interest: ‘Be industrious’ and ‘Flourish and Prosper.’ She never looked back after that and has since carried a seemingly unkillable momentum and spirit about life. I have no doubt what started her turnaround. It was The Way to Happiness.” —Parent
“From now on I will start living my life on these principles, because after seeing this film, I realise that everyone has to follow the rules to become a disciplined person and to get success in life.” —Student
“This material has become a very useful resource for the library. Since we received your films, we have held over 40 events involving students, vocational schools, colleges and universities.” —Youth library, Kyrgyz Republic
The Way to Happiness book-on-film and PSAs are configured for all forms of electronic media, including the Internet, tablet computers and smart phones, making it easy for anyone to share this vital message broadly.
Individuals and organisations as diverse as national police forces, international relief organisations, human rights and faith-based groups, government leaders, teachers, parents and business and community leaders utilise The Way to Happiness curriculum.
To enable educators to bring these tools to students, the Way to Happiness Foundation provides Educator’s Packages free of charge, with everything a teacher, guidance counsellor or community instructor requires to help students adopt constructive attitudes and behaviours in their education and in their lives.
The lesson plans incorporate the 21 precepts of The Way to Happiness and are designed for teens and young adults. The curriculum provides a nonjudgmental introduction to concepts of right and wrong, resulting in youth who are empowered to make positive and productive choices.
The Way to Happiness Educator’s Package includes:
■ A comprehensive curriculum using an interactive approach with audiovisual aids and practical activities designed to fully engage students. Students are introduced to each precept through the public service announcements and then view The Way to Happiness book-on-film. Copies of both, along with the booklet, are included as part of the package.
■ Posters of The Way to Happiness precepts suitable for display in school classrooms, cafeterias and hallways.
■ Assessment tools to help the educator track improvements and changes in students’ attitudes and actions. Surveys and statistical measurements provide direction on points to emphasise in the curriculum. Students are surveyed before and after the programme to measure changes in behaviour and decisions made.
“At this time of crisis in [our] school district, the school board is divided and at odds with each other. We face a $3 million budget deficit and rumours of improprieties in government procedures. The Way to Happiness has provided a buffer for our besieged school district. A ray of hope amid a cloudy horizon is what it has provided for my students during these turbulent circumstances.” —School teacher, Texas
“We have decreased violence in the school by 80 % over the school year. We have also decreased disrespectful attitudes toward teachers and vulgar language. Kids are now more apt to sit down, calm down, think about what they do and set a good example. It’s a 100 % improvement!” —High school principal, Michigan