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The Happiness Trap : How to Stop Struggling, Start Living - Russ Harris

The Happiness Trap

How to Stop Struggling, Start Living

By: Russ Harris, Steven Hayes (Foreword by)


Published: June 2008
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This is the US edition. It is a bit cheaper than the Australian one but it has 10,000 words less.

Booktopia recommends buying the slightly more expensive Australian edition. It has the original manuscript with 10,000 extra words and the quality of the printing is far superior.

Are you, like milllions of Americans, caught in the happiness trap? Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) a revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life.

The techniques presented in The Happiness Trap will help readers to:

  • Reduce stress and worry
  • Handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively
  • Break self-defeating habits
  • Overcome insecurity and self-doubt
  • Create a rich, full, and meaningful life
About the Author

Dr. Russ Harris is a physician, therapist, and speaker specializing in stress management. He travels nationally and internationally to train individuals and health professionals in the techniques of ACT. Born and educated in England, he now lives in Australia. For more information, visit thehappinesstrap.com.


I have recommended this book to friends.


This book is not difficult to read. It tells you how to change your thinking habits that lead to depression and anxiety. Practising the principles outlined in it can be an immense help to those who need it.

Wollongong, AU


Best self help book I've ever read


Such a great self help book. Easy to follow and understand plus so relevant to the common problem of a busy mind.

Sydney nsw


Motivated People Only


I have been meditating for 35 years, so I took to this book like a duck to water. This book is NOT about meditating, however the principles are the same. It is a different approach and simple, but challenging. Don't bother to buy it unless you are open. A different way of managing anxiety and stress.

Country nsw


the cover doesnt give it credit


It does help you to live a better life and understand emotions and enables you to be in this moment and make decisions and actions from there

byron bay


Feeling Depressed??


If you are suffering from Depression, this is the book to read. It is recommended by many psychologist and psychiatrist and is an excellent reference to assist you in getting life back on track.

Wagga Wagga AU


loved this book so I bought others of hi


This book is easy to understand and apply. It is easy to read and the author doesnt make the reader feel its all intelectual and above our heads. He is down to earth and caring and knows how to touch people. I liked this book so much that I bought his other book "The reality slap". I found this book even better which was suprising.

Adelaide Au


The Happiness Trap

4.5 6


"Carefully and creatively presents techniques that anyone can use to undermine struggle, avoidance, and loss of the moment. Harris systematically explores how we get into the 'happiness trap' and then shines a powerful beacon showing us another way forward."--Steven Hayes, PhD, author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life "Eminently practical and readable. This book reveals that when calibrating one's life according to acceptance and valued action, happiness is a pleasant sideshow in the larger carnival of an engaged and purposeful existence."--Zindel Segal, PhD, author of The Mindful Way through Depression "An exciting alternative to the usual approach of so many self-help books. Harris explains how we can work with ourselves as we are, rather than aggressively trying to alter ourselves. I'm impressed by the simple and effective methods of ACT."--David Richo, PhD, author of The Five Things We Cannot Change

ISBN: 9781590305843
ISBN-10: 1590305841
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: June 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.04  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.36