Phase 1 ~ Enlighten

"We all want to live happily; in the whole human race there is no one who does not assent to this proposition, even before it is fully articulated." - St. Augustine


The foundation of the entire Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership curriculum is happiness. The desire for happiness is the root and driver of all human behavior; the ultimate fulfillment of all desires; the only goal that people pursue for its own sake. It is also the fundamental catalyst that builds morale, example and production.

It is no accident that the Church is the gold standard on this subject. She offers the ultimate answer for this universal yearning. Only in God will man find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for (Catholic Catechism). Happiness and evangelization are intimately linked, since the purpose of evangelization is to bring all people into union with God.

Because happiness is the end goal, it also an ideal lens for explaining why people behave as they do. The Four Levels of Happiness™ reveals the menu for all our choices. The simplicity of the model and its language is enlightening – helping people to make better choices and enjoy better relationships.

While simple, the concept is also profound. It reveals insights and connections to a host of related longings – freedom, love, unity, the virtues, purpose, and fulfillment.

The Four Levels concept is also a practical tool for organizational health. It shows members how to leverage the powerful drive for happiness toward contribution over comparison and trust over suspicion. When embraced as a core philosophy it can’t help but enhance leadership and foster unity.

Scores of Catholic leadership teams and staffs – in chanceries, schools, clergy convocations, hospitals, parish missions, and various apostolates have received The Four Levels of Happiness™ seminar. Typically presented in a daylong format, it features Fr. Robert Spitzer on video along with exercises, movie and music clips, and group discussion along with materials for personal reflection.

"I find myself continually going back to Fr. Spitzer concepts on the Four Levels of Happiness. It helps me to check my motivations and to direct others and hopefully to give them motivation in their actions." - Most Reverend James S. Wall, Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup

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