The Happiness Trap

The Happiness Trap : Stop struggling, start living

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Free yourself from depression, anxiety and insecurity, and instead build a rich and meaningful life, with the world's best-selling guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Over 1 million copies sold!

In The Happiness Trap, Dr. Russ Harris provides a means to escape the epidemic of stress, anxiety, and depression, unlocking the secrets to a truly fulfilling life.

Updated and expanded in its second edition, this empowering book presents the insights and techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), covering more topics and providing more practical tools than ever before. Learn how to clarify your values, develop self-compassion, and find true satisfaction with this bigger and better guide to:

* Reducing stress and worry

* Handling painful thoughts and feelings more effectively

* Breaking self-defeating habits

* Overcoming insecurity and self-doubt

* Building better relationships

* Improving performance and finding fulfilment at work

The Happiness Trap is for everyone. Whether you're lacking confidence, facing illness, coping with loss, working in a high-stress job, or suffering from anxiety or depression, this book will show you how to build authentic happiness, from the inside out.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Woolombi, Australia
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • Bibliography; Diagrams
  • 1922539198
  • 9781922539199
  • 9,454

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Using an easy-to-read and entertaining writing style Harris aims to help the reader develop skills to create a meaningful life free from struggling with stress, anxiety or depression.

This second edition has over 50% more content in it than the first edition that was released in 2007. This extra content includes new tools, techniques and exercises. It also includes new information about the nature and purpose of emotions, how to break bad habits, push through procrastination, stop panic attacks, overcome "people pleasing" and perfectionism, practical tips for those suffering from trauma, and new material on self-compassion.

I found this book to be an easy and worthwhile read. Harris uses a laid-back and entertaining narration style that feels personable and engaging. -- Nicola McKinlay-Clark * NZAC Newsletter * Happiness, according to the author, is defined as a rich, full and meaningful life with the full range of human emotions felt to varying degrees. From this standpoint there is a real opportunity to embrace concepts discussed by Harris, shut out some of the noise from advertisers and social media, and focus on the aspects of our existence that bring real human emotions, both positive and negative, that create the basis of happiness. Dr Russ Harris also has a series of YouTube clips that complement the book's teachings. They are well worth checking out. * NZ Booklovers * "Dr Harris explains how we tend to get hooked on negative thoughts and emotions, and implements strategies to help with it so that we respond to those negative things differently. He also points out ways that our emotions help us and serve three main purposes - communication, illumination and motivation." * inthegoodbooksblog *
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About Doctor Russ Harris

Dr Russ Harris is a world-renowned trainer of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). As a GP he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of health and wellbeing, which led to a total career change. He now works in two different, yet complementary roles, as a therapist and a coach.
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