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Scientology Books The Way to Happiness

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L. Ron Hubbard

The Way to Happiness: A Common Sense Guide to Better Living (1981): This book is promoted as the first non-religious moral code based wholly on common sense. It contains 21 precepts some of which are broken down into related parts. This common sense moral code includes a new version of the Golden Rule, the elements of competence, the importance of keeping your word once given and fulfilling obligations, what to do about a government that does not have your best interests at heart and more.

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Let's get this into everyone's hands on Earth!
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Reviewed by atkinsjennifer82 April 15, 2015
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Common sense laws of life

Let's get this into everyone's hands on Earth!

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This is a non-religious, but very spiritual book, with common sense laws of life. I am happier because of it. There is a really cool DVD which goes along with it.
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Not enough people have this book.

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I like those rules as I found out they really help to live together with other people in harmony. The rule about Flourish and Posper is a really great and helpful advise. With this one alone I could handle a lot suppressive situations!
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Reviewed by tomking November 13, 2012
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Way to Happiness - good rules for life

I like those rules as I found out they really help to live together with other people in harmony. The rule about Flourish and Posper is a really great and helpful advise. With this one alone I could handle a lot suppressive situations!

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helpfull rules for all people no matter what religion or no religion, very practical, common sense

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Although this book contains the basic tenets of how to be decent, it is used as a marketing tool for corporate Scientology, an organization that fails to adhere to most of the tenets outlined in the book.

In addition, the Way to Happiness recommends, as Precept 19, "try not to do things to others that you would not like them to do with you", and Precept 20, "Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you." Sounds good, and not in conflict with most spiritual ethical guidelines.

However, this conflicts with the Code of Honor for Scientologists, specifically Precept 12, namely "Never fear to hurt another in a just cause". The ethical and philosophical problems with the possibility for margin of error in determining what a "just" cause is aside, this is a part of the Code of Honor of a Scientologist. The Way to Happiness is thus misleading if one takes it to represent all Scientology values.

Corporate Scientology violates many of the common sense precepts in the Way to Happiness.

For this reason, I would not recommend it.
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Reviewed by eagle November 12, 2012
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Common sense guide

Although this book contains the basic tenets of how to be decent, it is used as a marketing tool for corporate Scientology, an organization that fails to adhere to most of the tenets outlined in the book.

In addition, the Way to Happiness recommends, as Precept 19, "try not to do things to others that you would not like them to do with you", and Precept 20, "Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you." Sounds good, and not in conflict with most spiritual ethical guidelines.

However, this conflicts with the Code of Honor for Scientologists, specifically Precept 12, namely "Never fear to hurt another in a just cause". The ethical and philosophical problems with the possibility for margin of error in determining what a "just" cause is aside, this is a part of the Code of Honor of a Scientologist. The Way to Happiness is thus misleading if one takes it to represent all Scientology values.

Corporate Scientology violates many of the common sense precepts in the Way to Happiness.

For this reason, I would not recommend it.

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ex-Scientologist

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No-one can argue with the basic truth in this simple guide to living, which is easy to understand by anyone who has basic literacy skills
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Conflicts in part with the Code of Honor in Scientology.

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I was around when The Way To Happiness (TWTH) was originally released. At that time, it was a small soft cover booklet and 20 or so of these could be bundled for distribution. And, distributed they were! I knew the person who took charge of whole sale distribution of the booklets at that time; it was a big deal and quite effective in enlightening people in many walks of life.

The information in the booklet was simple and easy to understand. It also covered the happiness points that folks could apply not only to oneself but to others to help them.

I suppose this continued to be done through the years; I wouldn't know for sure as I was off on other project(s). But somewhere along the line, the booklet became a hard cover book with dust jacket. This is not the best format for broad distribution in the least.

Coupled with the actual The Way to Happiness materials and the Happiness Rundown, I ended up feeling pretty confident in the area. It's simple ... yet powerful stuff.
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Reviewed by TheWidowDenk November 11, 2012
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A Simple Message - The Way To Happiness

I was around when The Way To Happiness (TWTH) was originally released. At that time, it was a small soft cover booklet and 20 or so of these could be bundled for distribution. And, distributed they were! I knew the person who took charge of whole sale distribution of the booklets at that time; it was a big deal and quite effective in enlightening people in many walks of life.

The information in the booklet was simple and easy to understand. It also covered the happiness points that folks could apply not only to oneself but to others to help them.

I suppose this continued to be done through the years; I wouldn't know for sure as I was off on other project(s). But somewhere along the line, the booklet became a hard cover book with dust jacket. This is not the best format for broad distribution in the least.

Coupled with the actual The Way to Happiness materials and the Happiness Rundown, I ended up feeling pretty confident in the area. It's simple ... yet powerful stuff.

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Independent Scientologist

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