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The Way to Happiness Hardcover – 15 Nov 2007


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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: New Era Publications UK Ltd (15 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159970000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599700007
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author, humanitarian and Founder of Dianetics and Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard is one of the most acclaimed figures of the modern age.

In a writing career spanning more than half a century, he was both a leading light of American fiction and the author of more than 35 million words of nonfiction--the single most embracive statement on the human mind and spirit, providing the only road to total spiritual freedom.

To date, more than 250 million copies of his works are in circulation worldwide, in 71 languages. All told, those works comprise over 3,000 recorded lectures and some 5,000 writings, including nineteen New York Times bestsellers.

Accordingly, and in testament to the magnitude of his literary legacy, there are his four Guinness World Records: most published author, most translated author, the author with the most audiobook titles and the single most translated non-religious work.

Yet the essence of L. Ron Hubbard's legacy is perhaps best expressed in his simple declaration:

"I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days.

"These shadows look so thick to him and weigh him down so that when he finds they are shadows and that he can see through them, walk through them and be again in the sun, he is enormously delighted. And I am afraid I am just as delighted as he is."


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L. Ron Hubbard's remarkable writing career spanned more than half a century of intense literary achievement and creative influence. Astonishingly prolific, he produced more than 550 published works of fiction and nonfiction. These ranged broadly in literary genres from action/adventure, western, mystery and suspense to science fiction and fantasy, and in subject areas of enduring social, cultural and philosophical significance from self-improvement and the spiritual, ethical and moral nature of man to education, drug treatment and rehabilitation, and business management, among others. Though he was first and foremost a writer, his life experiences and travels in all corners of the globe were wide and diverse. His insatiable curiosity and personal belief that one should live life as a professional led to a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishment. He was also an explorer and ethnologist, mariner, pilot, filmmaker, photographer, philosopher, educator, composer and musician. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Biernath on 23 Feb. 2012
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I somehow expected this DVD to be a film which would illustrade the way to happiness by weaving the lives of the people on the cover together. Unfortunately this DVD was not a film which made its point through a story. This DVD used a format which reminded me of a Powerpoint presentation covering 25 points in bullet fashion that mankind should observe in order to gain access to the way to happiness. Had I known that the content of the DVD had been created in this way, I would not have bought it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Balazs Hegyi on 16 Feb. 2015
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A gang of teenagers got out of hands in our neighbourhood recently. They were harrassing people, making a lot of noise and damaging property.
The police and local scientologists started spreading The Way To Happiness booklets and enlightened parents and kids about its tenets.
Half a year later: No more trouble in the neighbourhood with the teenagers. It was an incredible change that could not go unnoticed.
I highly recommend this book to parents who have teenage children, excellent tool in handling troublesome kids.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ljiljana du Bled on 15 Feb. 2015
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This is one of the best books ever written of this kind!!! I absolutely loved it and read it multiple times!!!! I'm more happier than ever thanks to this book!!! I recommend it to everyone no matter what age! Applying this precepts helps making good and sane decisions in life and gives stability and blows confusions and false data on this subjects. It's life changing and completely unique and applicable in anyone's life! I highly recommend it!
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Combining some hardly-original commonsense advice with the unique spin which the controversial Mr Hubbard has consistently managed to impart to his Scientology writings, "The Way To Happiness" is another example of the output of one of the larger vanity publishing operations ever to have existed.
The book retreads many of the concepts introduced in "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health", by the same author, but this time Hubbard's unique and off-the-wall spiritual views (essentially: we are all infested with the souls of dead space aliens, who are responsible for our physical and mental problems) get to be leavened with a few traditional /bon mots/ and dressed up as self-help.
Much of what this book has to say will be self-evident to anyone who is in the market for books of this type, and it offers nothing new of any substance that might contribute to a broader understanding of the problems that people face in trying to find a "way to happiness". Many claims are made for what is essentially Dianetics, even if it is not always identified as such, yet these claims are presented without any substantiation, which leads one to question whether the advice this book contains has ever been tested and shown to be at all effective.
The prose style of this book is, in keeping with much of Hubbard's oeuvre, impenetrable, patronising and unnecessarily verbose, leading one to wonder whether anyone as clearly incapable of expressing his own thoughts has any business telling anyone else how to think.
There are many, many self-help books out there, some good, some bad: unless you are building a collection of the poorer examples, then spend your money on something other than this one.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LisaBlc on 28 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
The precepts in this book and DVD really are the way to Happiness! The DVD makes the book come alive and helps to understand the concepts better. There are a few which I now use standardly as my guidance and make a huge difference to my life. I'm sure more people have their favourites to work on :)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chippie on 16 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback
First thing. I am a Scientologist but I'll try make this as unbiased as possible! :)

This is a really simple book with some really simple and basic ideas. Some people would say it is too simple but for someone who has never been given a basic training in life then I guess the fact that you should eat healthy and not murder someone is important data! For the majority of us some of the datums are maybe redundant but I like the fact that the author has not taken that for granted.

Further on in the book the concepts given about work and respecting other people and their beliefs and treating others as you would like to be treated really changed my idea on how I live.. I am definitly not perfect and make mistakes in life but to have these precepts as a goal to strive towards has given me some purpose and reason for keeping at it.

I really like the last part of the book where he talks about the way to overcome haters is to basically just do really well in life. You can get too involved in their turmoil and hate and forget that you can actually live life well without them and the best way "to get revenge" is really just to do well in life.

Book is a wee bit short and expensive. Hope they can lower the price of do some sort of discount because I defitely think this is worth a read and could do some help for some people.
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