The legend – Pyot Coulibaly is a dying, elderly member of an ancient, venerable, yet extremely enigmatic movement. She selects a sceptical ghost writer to document the collective experience of this secretive association. This book charts the deepening relationship between mentor and writer, as Pyot reveals the timeworn protocols of her mysterious institution. Together they steadily uncover the sources of her unshakeable positivity, optimism, and playfulness: and in so doing develop an action-oriented, secular guide to contentment – the guidelines of the Accede movement.The issue – There are plenty of grim statistics cataloguing the growing millions of people who are and will likely remain deeply or pathologically unhappy. But, for us, understanding the sources of unhappiness is less important than knowing the solution: and knowing the solution is secondary to learning how best to achieve it, and then to maintain our contentment.The conundrum – Science struggles to explain unhappiness let alone provide lasting solutions. For many people, religion is no longer the answer, and we understand why. And in the absence of an alternative, accessible, and workable framework of secular ethics, millions are succumbing to unhappiness and destructive obsessions. It need not be this way.The Accede movement – Pre-dates Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism. Arguably it has contributed to the premises and practices of many theologies. But it is not a religious institution. It has coexisted quietly alongside capitalism, socialism, and communism. But it has never been and never will be drawn into any systemic conflict or controversy.The solution – The sole purpose of the movement is, and has only ever been, to promote the peace and contentment of its members, and of the people around them. Spiritual in nature, it simply suggests a code of secular ethics and practices that invariably lead to greater happiness and ease. It works. But until now members have felt the need to remain nameless and unforthcoming.The book – Documents, for the first time, Accede’s specific guidelines on how to become more joyful and composed. It presents the collective experience of a large number of people who have found simple ways to become and remain happier. It outlines the sources of unhappiness, the solution, and what we need to do to become and remain happier. And it focuses on the precise tasks required to boost our optimism, cheer, and hopefulness. The reader’s journey – The goal of the book is to bring us, and those around us, more happiness and ease. Its objectives are to expand our knowledge of the issue, the solution, and the actions necessary to achieve the solution. The intended outcome is a more enlightened reader, willing and able to try something different, and surprised by the positive results.The tone – Our book is quite spiritual in nature without ever being religious. We are perfectly comfortable to float, existentially, somewhere between the secular and non-secular. In this way, These guidelines may provide some comfort to those who find themselves torn between the secular charms of psychology and the more intangible spiritual quest. Either way, they will end up happier, and that is all that we ever hoped to achieve.The distinctiveness – Many amazing books abound offering conceptual and spiritual frameworks to help us understand suffering and happiness. But most of the books on the market today fall short when it comes to offering simple, compatible solutions – practices that can and do help, and in concurrence with the inquirer’s existing values and belief systems.The summary – Our members have discovered how to turn apparently terminal unhappiness and entrenched cynicism into effervescent positivity and lasting happiness. We trust that your results will be proof enough that it works. To try with an open heart and mind is the only leap of faith required. We hope that you too may take this leap, and join us.