CLEARWATER, Fla., July 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Thousands converged on downtown Clearwater, Florida, on Saturday, July 11, to celebrate the historic opening of the new The Way to Happiness Foundation center that will leverage the power of this nonreligious common sense guidebook for people of all faiths and nationalities to help reverse alarming trends that plague communities the world over.
Evidence of the alarming erosion of morality in the Tampa Bay area emerged when a recent survey found 50 percent of students in Pinellas County had been verbally bullied and 30 percent had been physically bullied. Additionally, the county ranks fourth in domestic violence with some 2,000 incidents last year alone.
"A moral compass is needed," affirmed Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center, in his dedication of the new center on Saturday. "Hence, the common sense guide to better living in the name of The Way to Happiness, delineating a straight path that can be followed by any person of any background, culture or creed. And hence, our new Way to Happiness headquarters, right here in Clearwater, Florida, is open to everyone."
Clearwater's The Way To Happiness Foundation center facilities include volunteer offices, informational displays to introduce visitors to every element of the campaign, and a seminar room where groups and concerned individuals can train to deliver the curriculum.
The Way to Happiness campaign includes a series of public service announcements—one for each of the booklet's 21 common sense precepts. The book has also been brought vibrantly to life in an unabridged book on film. The Way to Happiness Educator's Package contains the materials needed to implement the program and fully engage students. All are available through the Foundation's headquarters on Fort Harrison Avenue.
The Way to Happiness has helped to bring calm to communities torn by violence, peace to areas ravaged by civil strife and self-respect to millions of individuals—in schools, prisons and churches as well as youth and community centers. The power of the booklet has been demonstrated time and time again in the miraculous results witnessed wherever the book is distributed, demonstrating the sheer genius of L. Ron Hubbard's moral compass for life that has benefited more than 100 million people over the past 30 years.
- When the National Police of Colombia adopted The Way to Happiness and undertook nationwide distribution, reaching 20 percent of the population, the nation's crime rates plummeted.
- In Los Angeles communities beset by violence, rival motorcycle gangs distributing The Way to Happiness achieved crime drops of between 15 and 30 percent after every "Peace Ride."
- Police in an eastern Slovakian community attributed a 40 percent reduction in the crime rate to widespread distribution of The Way to Happiness.
The Way to Happiness is available in 112 languages, with some 115 million copies distributed in 186 nations. The campaign to distribute the book has been embraced by more than 257,000 groups and individuals. It holds the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book and fills the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society.
This new center is one of six new facilities, each dedicated to helping with the issues that impact Clearwater and the Greater Tampa Bay area:
. A museum and operations center for Citizens Commission on Human Rights, the world's leading mental health watchdog group since 1969, responsible for helping to enact some 181 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive psychiatric practices. Its Clearwater information center features the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum.
. A new home for United for Human Rights, a global education initiative working to identify and protect the rights of every citizen of the world and now every resident of Pinellas County—where human rights abuses and human trafficking rank among the most severe in the United States. This headquarters promises to spearhead the fight against these unconscionable abuses.
- The new local center for the Foundation for a Drug – Free World, whose international Truth About Drugs program has reached 260 million people worldwide. The program is committed to eradicating drug abuse and providing meaningful drug education to young people.
- The Criminon Florida headquarters stands as a starting point in carrying out the mission of addressing the causes of criminality and restoring offenders' self-respect through effective character-building programs.
- The new downtown home of the Church's Volunteer Ministers, part of a global movement active in 120 nations—the world's largest independent relief force. Scientologists volunteer more than 200,000 hours a year in the Tampa Bay area alone, living by the Volunteer Ministers motto that no matter the challenge, "Something can be done about it."
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