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The Happiness Trap : Based on ACT: A revolutionary mindfulness-based programme for overcoming stress, anxiety and depression - Russ Harris

The Happiness Trap

Based on ACT: A revolutionary mindfulness-based programme for overcoming stress, anxiety and depression

Paperback Published: 28th June 2008
ISBN: 9781845298258
Number Of Pages: 271

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Popular ideas about happiness are misleading, inaccurate, and are directly contributing to our current epidemic of stress, anxiety and depression. And unfortunately, popular psychological approaches are making it even worse.

In this controversial, but empowering self-help book, Dr Russ Harries, reveals how millions of people are unwittingly caught in the The Happiness Trap , where the more they strive for happiness the more they suffer in the long term. He then provides an effective means to escape through a groundbreaking new approach based on mindfulness skills.

Mindfulness is a mental state of awareness, openness, and focus. Mindfulness skills are easy to learn and will rapidly and effectively help you to reduce stress, enhance performance, manage emotions, improve health, increase vitality, and generally change your life for the better.

The book provides scientifically proven techniques to:

  • Reduce stress and worry
  • Rise above fear, doubt and insecurity
  • Break self-defeating habits
  • Improve performance and find fulfilment in your work
  • Build more satisfying relationships
  • Create a rich, full and meaningful life
About the Author

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, and workshop presenter. He now practices as a psychological health physician in Melbourne.

Industry Reviews

'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

Good book. Best of the ACT books I have read


Great self-help book for anxiety sufferers.



I would buy products from booktopia again.


Happy with everything

Western australia


Bought for teen


Bought for teen



A sensible and rewarding philosophy


A new approach to being.

Victoria, Australia


Extremely useful


Add this to your clinician library for clients struggling with addiction.



Fantastic and life altering


Absolutely life altering, eye opening, common sense BRILLIANCE. Thankyou Russ.



The Best Self Help Book Ever Written


This book has changed my life. It has helped incredibly with my anxiety.




4.6 7


ISBN: 9781845298258
ISBN-10: 184529825X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 271
Published: 28th June 2008
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.700 x 13.000  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.24

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