Church of Scientology Volunteers Use “Happiness” to Defeat Crime

CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Labor Day September 7th, the parishioners of the Church of Scientology’s The Way to Happiness Association of Florida renewed their campaign to stamp out crime in Clearwater by distributing “The Way To Happiness: A Common Sense Guide to Better Living”. Despite the rainy weather, they reached over 450 residents in one neighborhood.

The distribution began at 3pm with a team of forty Clearwater volunteers from The Way to Happiness Association of Tampa Bay. They went went door-to-door in the community giving each person they met a booklet. The distribution ended with a Labor Day celebration at the recently opened The Way to Happiness Association Center at 33 North Fort Harrison in downtown Clearwater.

The volunteers began a campaign to stamp out crime in Clearwater, neighborhood by neighborhood starting with one neighborhood of over 2,000 residents. Recent reports noted that while the crime rate in Clearwater was steadily decreasing from 2009 to October 2014 it has been steadily increasing since and by July 2015 the crime rate doubled its October 2014 figure. The volunteers decided to do something about it.

Tanja Cranton, Executive Director for the Way To Happiness Association of Tampa Bay, said, “If our neighbors are surviving well, free from crime, then we all survive well.”

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 over the past 30 years. For example:

  • 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 booklet was written by L. Ron Hubbard. It 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.

On July 11th, the Church of Scientology cut the ribbon on seven facilities in the heart of downtown Clearwater, including a building for The Way to Happiness Association. For a tour of the new center and more information on The Way to Happiness, call 727-467-6961 or email

Pat Harney 727-467-6860

Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization