About the Book

Are you, like milllions 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

About the Author

Dr. Russ Harris is a physician, therapist, and speaker specializing in stress management. He travels nationally and internationally to train individuals and health professionals in the techniques of ACT. Born and educated in England, he now lives in Australia. For more information, visit actmindfully.com.au.

About the Reviews

Growing up, I was taught that you can either let out all your emotion (e.g. anger) or keep it all in, and that the latter would eventually cause some sort of explosion. On my own I learned that there's also "letting go", but this book gave me another perspective altogether.

I have learned several techniques that - as a high school teacher - have been exceptionally important in dealing with the incessant emotional demands (e.g. frustration, anger, excitement, etc.) of dealing with so many immature personalities.

Highly recommended.

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I'm a licensed mental health counselor. This book is my go-to recommendation to clients (and family, friends, etc). I encourage the to go on Russ Harris' website (happiness trap.com) and read the introduction and first chapter which are posted there for free. Most of the time, clients are 'hooked' (you'll come to appreciate that term) and go on to read the book. This book will change your life. Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) has changed mine (both personally and professionally).

And for my fellow therapists (and really any other human services/health professionals), this book is a great introduction to ACT. Dr. Harris' book, ACT Made Simple, is how I learned ACT (and highly recommended for professionals who wish to learn). The Happiness Trap is, essentially, ACT Made Simple made simple.

Enjoy, I hope this book brings to you as much of a positive change in your life as it did me.

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This was my first introduction to mindfulness. The writer is a great teacher and has an easy-to-read style. I enjoyed it very much. It was a launching pad for me to deeper mindfulness practices. I doubt I could have gotten into mindfulness without this introduction.

Update: Amazon seems to be mixing together the reviews for the illustrated version and the original version. They are totally different books. Be sure you are buying the one you want.

Product Info

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter; 1 edition (June 3, 2008)
Language: English
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 561 customer reviews

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