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The Happiness Trap : Stop Struggling, Start Living : Stop struggling, start living - Dr. Russ Harris

The Happiness Trap : Stop Struggling, Start Living

Stop struggling, start living

By: Dr. Russ Harris, Steven C. Hayes (Foreword by)

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Published: March 2007
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This is the Australian edition of this book. It has 10,000 more words than the cheaper US edition. We are unclear why the Americans wanted to remove 10,000 words from the author's original manuscript. Perhaps they felt the phrase, "Have A Nice Day" made up for the rest. I know, that's cheeky! But we do recommend this original manuscript, not only does it have the extra content but it also comes in a large format paperback book with flaps, so it is sturdy and has a better quality finish to its printing. So spend a little more, you're worth it!
Tony Nash
Booktopia CEO

What if almost everything we believed about finding happiness turned out to be inaccurate, misleading, or false? And what if those very beliefs were making us miserable? What if our efforts to find happiness were actually preventing it?

A growing body of scientific research suggests that we are all caught in a powerful psychological trap: a vicious cycle, whereby the more we strive for happiness, the more we suffer. This book provides an escape from "the happiness trap", via a revolutionary new development in human psychology: a powerful model for change, known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

ACT helps people to create a rich, full and meaningful life, whilst effectively handling the pain that inevitably comes with it. It has been clinically proven to be highly effective in a wide range of psychological disorders, ranging from depression and anxiety to drug addiction and schizophrenia.

This book shows you how to apply ACT in your own life to increase self-awareness, develop emotional intelligence, enhance relationships, create a sense of meaning and purpose, access a transcendent sense of self, and fundamentally transform painful thoughts and feelings so they have much less impact and influence over your life.

Author Information

Dr Russ Harris was born in Liverpool, England. After graduating in medicine from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, he emigrated to Australia. As a family doctor, he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of medical illness (and increasingly less interested in writing prescriptions). In his eclectic career, he has been a stand-up comedian, sex therapist, filmmaker, novelist (as-yet-unpublished!), and workshop presenter. He now practices as a psychological health physician in Melbourne.

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    4.0

    This book has helped a lot

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    from melbourne australia

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      If you have a lot of stress in your life I think this book can help you cope

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      5.0

      Ways to move on from depression/anxiety

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        Comments about The Happiness Trap : Stop Struggling, Start Living:

        I've been treated for mental illness for 4 years before coming across this approach whilst hospitalised. The previous approaches I've been treated with only helped so much. This approach, called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) helps you to move on with your life regardless of whether you are "better" or not. It helps you to get on with your life despite your illness. Recommend it to anyone who wants help with anxiety/depression/PTSD etc.

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        5.0

        Great service!

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          Great service & speedy delivery which was a lovely surprise as we live in rural South Australia. very impressed with web site too, it was easy to find what I needed

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          5.0

          beautiful words inside this book

          By Joshua

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            Comments about The Happiness Trap : Stop Struggling, Start Living:

            beautiful words inside this book, i am now living a very wholesome life, thank you!

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            5.0

            A much needed reference book

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              Comments about The Happiness Trap : Stop Struggling, Start Living:

              Great book for anyone suffering Anxiety or Depression. A book to be kept on hand at all times for easy reference.

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              4.0

              it's a great read

              By ninn

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                it's great ready and easy to understand

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                4.0

                Full of common sense ideas

                By The Wawwen

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                  Comments about The Happiness Trap : Stop Struggling, Start Living:

                  This book is original in that it explains why happiness is an elusive state, and that the more we try to chase happiness, the more dissatisfied we are. It provides tools and strategies to help understand, accept and embrace the world as it is. It teaches that in order to have a full, rich, and satifying life, we must experience and accept the whole range of human emotions.The idea that feeling ecstactic all of the time is damaging and unrealistic.

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                  5.0

                  An excellant book great reading.

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                    this is a book about moving on with life and being open to new challengies.

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                    ISBN: 9780908988907
                    ISBN-10: 0908988907
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 284
                    Published: March 2007
                    Publisher: Exisle Publishing Limited
                    Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.1  x 1.5
                    Weight (kg): 0.43
                    Edition Number: 1