Launching The Holiday Season With The Way To Happiness

Veronica Mars actor Jason Dohring and his family join the Way to Happiness Foundation in promoting a universal precept at the Hollywood Christmas Parade: “Love and help children—Today’s Children will be tomorrow’s civilization.”

The Hollywood Christmas Parade, aired December 14, carrying on a star-studded tradition that began in 1928. The two-hour special features celebrities, giant balloons, floats, marching bands, equestrians, classic cars and Santa on his sleigh. And, as it has for three decades, this year’s parade also featured The Way to Happiness—a float based on the common-sense guide to better living written by author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard.

Sitting atop the float this year was Jason Dohring of Veronica Mars fame along with his wife Lauren, and the two oldest of the couple's children, Owen and Lilly. “These principles have meant so much to me, I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this,” he said. “I’m now teaching these important values to my own children—things like Setting a Good Example, Take Care of Yourself, Be Worthy of Trust. These have been such helpful guiding principles in my life and I consider it an honor to be able to share these with others.”

The float was designed and created by volunteers. Its traditional winter setting includes a snow-covered field surrounded by fir trees. At the back is a 10-foot round backdrop with The Way to Happiness logo. A large book at the front highlights one of the 21 precepts of the book: “Love and Help Children.”

The Way to Happiness was written by Mr. Hubbard in 1981. Immensely popular since its first publication, some 117 million copies in hundreds of languages have been distributed in 186 nations. The book holds the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

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