The Happiness Trap

The Happiness Trap

How to Stop Struggling and Start Living

Book - 2008
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Are you, like millions of Americans, caught in the happiness trap? Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) a revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life. The techniques presented in The Happiness Trap will help readers to: Reduce stress and worry ; Handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively ; Break self-defeating habits ; Overcome insecurity and self-doubt ; Create a rich, full, and meaningful life. To learn more about the author, Russ Harris, go to www.thehappinesstrap.com.
Publisher: Boston : Trumpeter, 2008
ISBN: 9781590305843
1590305841
Characteristics: x, 246 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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TetinioToi
Jul 28, 2015

Tumeke. Learnt a lot and applying those lessons to daily life.

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courtney92_0
Nov 16, 2014

This book is great for those who are new to the basics of a healthy mind and therefore healthy living.

This book is a more Western based version of self awakening, although you most likely wouldn't see that if you read the book and have not read many Eastern books on spirituality etc.

I did find the writer to be lacking in self-confidence though. He even mentions how he was overwhelmed by anxiety when he got permission to start writing the book but didn't start until 4 months later. I would figure if you are going to write about something you would want to be absolutely confident with the knowledge you wish to pass on.

Overall a great guide for societies like ours.

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JCLRachelSH
Dec 17, 2013

Pretty much the only things I don't like about this book are the title & cover art :-) This book came along at just the right time for me, really breaking down some of the concepts I've been learning about re: defusing anxious thoughts and making room for difficult emotions. I identified with the concept that our minds have negative thoughts running through them all day because they're trying to help us be vigilant and survive all the scary wilderness predators. One of the most useful ideas of this book for me so far has been the awareness that, in modern life, these kinds of negative thoughts aren't necessarily always helpful, so it's OK to just "thank" your mind for looking out for you and then move on, letting negative thoughts be but not buying into them or putting excessive energy into them unless they help you be and do what you really value.

uptonatom Jan 03, 2012

Having read most of the ACT books, this one is the one. The breakthrough in understanding how the self exists and helped me within minutes of reading certain sections. This will be the first ACT book I can read and reread and truly use it. Truly ACT...

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Nov 16, 2014

courtney92_0 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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