C’mon, Get Happy!

Happiness. It’s what we strive for every day. We look for it in relationships, our work, and our purpose to others, but how do we attain it? We live in a world where it’s quite common for people with abundance in materials and wealth to feel a void in daily life. Something is missing, something essential in attaining joy.

The Way to Happiness, handed out at a National Women’s Day parade in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Way to Happiness, handed out at a National Women’s Day parade in Pretoria, South Africa

L. Ron Hubbard was a giant leap ahead in 1981 when he drafted The Way to Happiness: A Common Sense Guide to Better Living. The message is quite simple—live well.

To teach others how to achieve a state of contentment, L. Ron Hubbard assembled 21 precepts into a booklet that has been received worldwide by institutions, both public and private. The booklet has been shared, discussed, and embraced as a way of life that works and results in that ever-sought feeling that can’t be bought, consumed, or manufactured—happiness.

The nonreligious moral code can apply to anyone, anywhere. Naturally, Scientologists are eager to share this recipe for bliss far and wide. Translated in 115 languages and distributed in 187 nations, it’s clear they do.

So, what’s the secret? It’s nothing more complicated than taking inventory of those things one is tasked with from an early age. The 21 precepts to happiness include such basic—yet wise—ideas as taking care of oneself in the physical sense, honoring and helping one’s parents, respecting the religious beliefs of others, being competent and trustworthy, helping those in need—and that’s just the tip of the happiness iceberg.

This powerful booklet simplifies how to achieve a state of well-being and peaceful satisfaction with one’s life—but that’s not to say there’s no work involved. Staying on a path of wisdom, truth, and goodwill is not always easy, but it is essential for one’s best chance at true happiness.

A free online course in 17 languages covering each of the 21 precepts is available through The Way to Happiness website, which includes the text of the booklet, the feature-length The Way to Happiness book-on-film and 21 public service announcements illustrating each of the booklet’s precepts.

Immensely popular since its first publication, it holds a Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book.

Watch episodes of Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network to see how people in countries around the world and from all walks of life use The Way to Happiness to create positive change.


From its beginnings, the Church of Scientology has recognized that freedom of religion is a fundamental human right. In a world where conflicts are often traceable to intolerance of others’ religious beliefs and practices, the Church has, for more than 50 years, made the preservation of religious liberty an overriding concern.

The Church publishes this blog to help create a better understanding of the freedom of religion and belief and provide news on religious freedom and issues affecting this freedom around the world.

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion’s ecclesiastical leader.


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