The twenty-one precepts of The Way to Happiness may be likened to the edges of a road. For those who know where those edges lie, that road becomes a smooth and fast highway. To plainly mark those edges, the 95 pages of the booklet offer a full explanation of each precept and its application in everyday life. Excerpted below, is Ron’s introduction to the booklet and the simple statement of the precepts themselves.


rue joy and happiness are valuable.

If one does not survive, no joy and no happiness are obtainable.

Trying to survive in a chaotic, dishonest and generally immoral society is difficult.

Any individual or group seeks to obtain from life what pleasure and freedom from pain that he or they can.

Your own survival can be threatened by the bad actions of others around you.

Your own happiness can be turned to tragedy and sorrow by the dishonesty and misconduct of others.

I am sure you can think of instances of this actually happening. Such wrongs reduce one’s survival and impair one’s happiness.

You are important to other people. You are listened to. You can influence others.

The happiness or unhappiness of others you could name is important to you.

Without too much trouble, using this book, you can help them survive and lead happier lives.

While no one can guarantee that anyone else can be happy, their chances of survival and happiness can be improved. And with theirs, yours will be.

It is in your power to point the way to a less dangerous and happier life.

  1. Take Care of Yourself.

  2. Be Temperate.

  3. Don’t Be Promiscuous.

  4. Love and Help Children.

  5. Honor and Help Your

  6. Set a Good Example.

  7. Seek to Live with the

  8. Do Not Murder.

  9. Don’t Do Anything

  10. Support a Government
    Designed and Run for
    All the People.

  11. Do Not Harm a Person
    of Good Will.

  12. Safeguard and Improve
    Your Environment.

  13. Do Not Steal.

  14. Be Worthy of Trust.

  15. Fulfill Your Obligations.

  16. Be Industrious.

  17. Be Competent.

  18. Respect the Religious
    Beliefs of Others.

  19. Try Not to Do Things
    to Others That
    You Would
    Not Like Them to
    Do to You.

  20. Try to Treat Others As
    You Would Want Them
    to Treat You.

  21. Flourish and Prosper.

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