SPREADING HAPPINESS AT ANNUAL PARADE
The 34th annual “Christmas in the Village” celebration sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce in Fair Oaks, California, spread Christmas cheer to thousands this year with a gingerbread house, arts and crafts at Santa’s Workshop and the Parade of Lights along Fair Oaks Boulevard.
The Church of Scientology Sacramento and local Scientology Missions joined forces to create a float for this year’s parade in honor of The Way to Happiness—one of dozens entered by local community groups. The floats rolled down the parade route, accompanied by marching bands, dancers, officials, vintage cars and overall Christmas cheer.
Volunteers from local The Way to Happiness Foundation chapters helped create the float. The Church of Scientology and its missions sponsor these chapters to uplift their communities by promoting the nonreligious common sense guide for better living.
Seated aboard the float, a young volunteer carried a placard bearing the title of one of The Way to Happiness booklet’s 21 precepts, “Honor and Help Your Parents”—an appropriate motto for the family-friendly event. The chapter reads:
“In spite of all, one must remember that they are the only parents one has. And as such, no matter what, one should honor them and help them.
“The way to happiness includes being on good terms with one’s parents or those who brought one up.” —Precept 5
WE really WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
“I was one of those kids namelessly referred to as the ‘problem.’ And it was true—trouble with the law, my school, my parents. I was not doing well personally—committing crimes, [abusing] alcohol, and I was getting into drugs. My school reports contained As, but only in the word ‘absent.’
My parents left a copy of The Way to Happiness on my bed, and I sat down and read it. The book contained many concepts that I had always wanted to live up to, but had failed at, even some real simple ones that I thought weren’t a problem for me, such as, ‘Be Worthy of Trust.’
“Something happened to me when I stared that cold hard fact in the face, and realized I was not worthy of trust. I decided to change. I started making correct decisions in my life. I am now quite a successful actor and composer. In fact, my first international world premiere is with the Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra. I support this program because I know if my parents hadn’t given me the book, I’d probably be in a [prison] cell right now.”
“Stealing, fighting, skipping school, taking drugs, disrespecting my mom—these were just some of the things I would do on a daily basis two years ago. I didn’t have any goals in life. I didn’t care if I got shot and died. I had no communication with my family.
“I began to take a course on The Way to Happiness and I can proudly say that it saved my life. I now work and I am doing really well in school. I have great communication with my family. Most importantly, I have a goal now.”
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HELP RESTORE TRUST
The Way to Happiness Foundation International works to reverse the moral decay of society by restoring trust and honesty through widespread distribution of the 21 precepts. Donations support production and distribution of The Way to Happiness booklet and curriculum material.