We recommend this…
if you are feeling discontent, and especially if your efforts to improve your happiness and wellbeing don’t seem to be working.
A quick summary
Sometimes, people feel worse from trying to make themselves feel better, adding despair and a sense of failure to other unhappiness. In The Happiness Trap, Russ Harris shares a way out of this, using an approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT includes the all-important element of acceptance, which is much misunderstood and often missed out of self-help or personal development advice, trapping people in painful ongoing battles with themselves. Harris offers way out of this cycle with this very helpful book. There is also an alternative ‘pocketbook’ version, which is an illustrated summary of the key ideas, with exercises – linked below.