The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living


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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.


Publisher’s description:


Do you ever feel worried, miserable or unfulfilled – yet put on a happy face and pretend everything’s fine? You are not alone. Stress, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem are all around. Research suggests that many of us get caught in a psychological trap, a vicious circle in which the more we strive for happiness, the more it eludes us.

Fortunately, there is a way to escape from the ‘Happiness Trap’, a ground-breaking new approach based on mindfulness skills. Using the six principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Russ Harris can help you to:

* Reduce stress and worry

* Rise above fear, doubt and insecurity

* Handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively

* Break self-defeating habits

* Improve performance and find fulfilment in your work

* Build more satisfying relationships

* Create a richer and more meaningful life

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 202 g
Dimensions 196 × 131 × 18 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9781845298258

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