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The Happiness Trap Pocketbook : An Illustrated Guide on How to Stop Struggling and Start Living - Dr. Russ Harris

The Happiness Trap Pocketbook

An Illustrated Guide on How to Stop Struggling and Start Living

By: Dr. Russ Harris, Bev Aisbett (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 1st August 2013
ISBN: 9781921966187
Number Of Pages: 168

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Popular myths about happiness are directly contributing to our epidemic of stress, anxiety and depression – and popular psychological remedies are making it even worse! In his original bestselling self-help book, Dr Russ Harris revealed how millions of people are unwittingly caught in The Happiness Trap. He then provided an effective means to escape: ACT (or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) based on the principles of mindfulness. Now, in The Happiness Trap Pocketbook, Russ has joined forces with acclaimed self-help author and illustrator, Bev Aisbett, to produce a highly illustrated, simpler, shorter version of the book that will not only resonate with readers of the original but also find a new audience for Russ' empowering message.

About the Author

Dr Russ Harris is a medical practitioner, psychotherapist, and bestselling author of The Happiness Trap, which has now been translated into 22 languages. He is one of the world's leading authorities on ACT, and regularly travels all over Australia as well as internationally to train a wide variety of professionals. His other books include The Reality Slap, The Confidence Gap, ACT With Love, ACT Made Simple, and the novel Stand Up Strummer. Bev Aisbett is an author, illustrator, cartoonist and artist. She is also a trained counsellor and facilitator of the Working with IT anxiety recovery workshops.

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The Pocket Book is the perfect companion to the original Happiness Trap Book. It allows the user to quickly recall the ACT principles when needed, and the pictorial images seem easier to remember. Although the book could be useful straight out of the box, ideally read the full text version and the Pocket Book will be more helpful. The Happiness Trap and ACT has markedly improved the quality of my life, and my struggles with anxiety have subsided significantly. It's not a silver bullet, and I'm still anxious, but I now live a more content and meaningful existence. If you battle with anxiety, depression, compulsion or addiction, try Russ Harris's books. At the very least you will learn more about your condition, but on the other hand, it just might change your life. Even if you don't have any mental health concerns, understanding how your mind works can help your relationships, your career, and reduce your stress levels. I feel so strongly about it's value, I have bought many copies as gifts for friends and colleagues. I hope this review helps another struggler out there somewhere. PS: I have the full Australian version of the Happiness Trap, and I carry the Pocket Book with me.

Geraldton, AU


Great book!


This book contains solid, practical, applicable and empowering tools and techniques for improving ones quality of life. Read it, Use it, Reap it!

Sunshine Coast Australia



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How to use this book


1. Fairytales
2. Vicious Cycles
3. The basics of ACT
4. The great storyteller
5. True blues
6. Troubleshooting defusion
7. Demons in the boat
8. Drop the struggle
9. Troubleshooting expansion
10. Great connections
11. You're not who you think you are
12. Follow your heart
13. The 1000-mile journey
14. Finding fulfilment
15. A life of plenty
16. Willingness
17. A meaningful life 

ISBN: 9781921966187
ISBN-10: 1921966181
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 1st August 2013
Publisher: Exisle Publishing eBooks
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

Bev Aisbett

About the Author

In 1991 Bev Aisbett launched a full-time freelance career in cartooning and illustration. Around this time, Bev experienced an ordeal commonly known as anxiety disorder. Out of this experience she developed the character 'IT' which led to the successful publication of Living With IT, Living IT Up and Letting IT Go. Bev has also published Get Real, dealing with body image and eating disorders and in 2000 the successful Taming the Black Dog: A Guide to Depression.

Visit Bev Aisbett's Booktopia Author Page