n Europe, where so many different cultures must live together in close quarters, conflicts have flared time and again — some consuming the entire world. To ensure that such devastation and suffering never repeat, and above that, to bring a widespread peace built of mutual respect, people of many religious persuasions have together broadly advanced The Way to Happiness
as a secular means to provide hope that this land of social diversity can walk forward into a golden age.
What started as a grassroots movement to restore tolerance and decency in individual communities has, within the last decade, moved forward to encompass entire European nations. For example, in France, the book has been distributed to people throughout the country, spawning numerous projects to clean up the environment and reduce violence.
And what began locally soon spread to faraway lands when one Paris family, inspired by The Way to Happiness, helped the people of Central Africa overcome a horrific mass genocide of a decade past by delivering seminars based on the book to thousands of Rwandans. Following these seminars, the family was inundated with requests for more information, and the immediate result was the emergence of The Way to Happiness groups springing up in community after community. A Rwandan journalist who took part in one of these seminars spoke on national radio about The Way to Happiness, lauding it as the book to bring love, peace and tolerance to Rwanda. To date, over 375,000 people in Central Africa have attended The Way to Happiness seminars or lectures.
A historic European campaign that began in the mid-1990s brought Scientologists and other The Way to Happiness supporters to war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina, a region consumed with racism and conflict for more than a hundred years.
Individuals and businesses worldwide contributed needed funds to print copies of The Way to Happiness in several of the former Yugoslavian territory's diverse languages. The Way to Happiness Foundation*, through these donations, was then able to support mass distribution of the book into the most turbulent areas. Helping to distribute it on the ground were local businessmen, community betterment groups and concerned citizens, as well as volunteers from neighbouring countries. Their reasons were simple enough: They recognised that their very survival was threatened by the flying bullets and continuing ethnic animosities throughout the Balkan states.
The people of these troubled provinces found in The Way to Happiness a practical solution to age-old problems. As one Kosovo resident said, "The correct path is contained in the small 'big' book, The Way to Happiness. From this booklet I am learning the correct way to act. The precepts are simple, but powerful, and bring me inner peace."
Others highlighted the broader social impact of the book. "As for me," one Kosovar said, "and for all the people of my country, The Way to Happiness is very much needed. I say this because of what we have just gone through. And now we have The Way to Happiness in our lives."
* The Way to Happiness Foundation is a secular non-profit organisation dedicated to restoring trust and honesty the world over through the publication and widespread distribution of The Way to Happiness.