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

The Happiness Trap : Stop Struggling, Start Living

Stop struggling, start living

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

Paperback Published: 1st March 2007
ISBN: 9780908988907
Number Of Pages: 280

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This is the Australian edition of this book. It has 10,000 more words than the 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.
Tony Nash
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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.

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 (as-yet-unpublished!), and workshop presenter. He now practices as a psychological health physician in Melbourne.

Found this super helpful


I found this book really helpful with my anxiety - it gave straight forward advice and exercises to practice.



Incredible book


Perfect way to rejig your thinking and improve your health



This simple to read, amazing book changed my life


This is an amazing book, which includes practical examples and exercises to understand and accept your fear and anxiety and get out there and lead a fulfilling values based life. It's so simple, it's amazing that so many of us are not already aware of these techniques. I wish that everyone in the world could read it. I love the stories demonstrating the practical applications, and I love the fact that the writer shares his experiences with ACT as well. This book has so inspired me, that I intend to do further study in ACT so that I may inspire others.



This book has helped a lot


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

melbourne australia


Ways to move on from depression/anxiety


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.

Melbourne, AU


Great service!


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

Rural SA


beautiful words inside this book


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

Adelaide SA


A much needed reference book


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



it's a great read


it's great ready and easy to understand



Full of common sense ideas


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.



The Happiness Trap : Stop Struggling, Start Living

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Introduction: I Just Want to Be Happy

PART 1: How You Set The Happiness Trap
Chapter 1: Fairytales
Chapter 2: Vicious Cycles

PART 2: Transforming Your Inner World
Chapter 3: The Six Core Principles of ACT
Chapter 4: The Great Storyteller
Chapter 5: True Blues
Chapter 6: Troubleshooting Defusion
Chapter 7: Look Who's Talking
Chapter 8: Scary Pictures
Chapter 9: Demons on the Boat
Chapter 10: How Do You Feel?
Chapter 11: The Struggle Switch
Chapter 12: How the Struggle Switch Developed 
Chapter 13: Staring Down Demons
Chapter 14: Troubleshooting Expansion
Chapter 15: Urge Surfing
Chapter 16: More Demons
Chapter 17: The Time Machine
Chapter 18: The Dirty Dog
Chapter 19: A Confusing Word
Chapter 20: If You're Breathing, You're Alive
Chapter 21: Tell It Like It Is
Chapter 22: The Big Story
Chapter 23: You're Not Who You Think You Are

PART 3: Creating A Life Worth Living
Chapter 24: Follow Your Heart
Chapter 25: The Big Question
Chapter 26: Troubleshooting Values
Chapter 27: The Thousand-mile Journey
Chapter 28: Finding Fulfilment
Chapter 29: A Life of Plenty
Chapter 30: Facing FEAR
Chapter 31: Willingness
Chapter 32: Onward and Upward
Chapter 33: A Meaningful Life

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ISBN: 9780908988907
ISBN-10: 0908988907
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st March 2007
Publisher: Exisle Publishing eBooks
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.1  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1