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Happiness Trap - Stop Struggling, Start Living

Hayes, Steven C.
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A guide to ACT: the revolutionary mindfulness-based program for reducing stress, overcoming fear, and finding fulfilment.¬â 

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 Harris reveals how millions of people are unwittingly caught in 'The Happiness Trap'! He then provides an effective means to escape, through a revolutionary new approach which is shaking the very foundations of western psychology.

This book is for everyone, from CEOs to sales staff, from astronauts to housewives. Whether you're lacking confidence, facing illness, coping with loss, working in a high-stress job, suffering from anxiety or depression, or preparing for the performance of your life - within these pages you will learn scientifically proven techniques to:

  • ¬â reduce stress and worry
  • rise above fear, doubt and insecurity
  • handle painful thoughts and feelings far more effectively
  • break self-defeating habits
  • improve performance and find fulfilment in your work
  • build more satisfying relationships and, above all,
  • create a rich, full and meaningful life.

'Dr Harris shines a powerful beacon forward into the night. enjoy the journey. You are in excellent hands.' Steven Hayes - bestselling author of Get Out of Your Mind And Into Your Life¬â 


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¬â 
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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A guide to ACT-the revolutionary mindfulness-based program for reducing stress, overcoming fear, and finding fulfilment. Popular ideas about happiness are misleading, inaccurate, and directly contribute to the current epidemic of stress, anxiety & depression. In this empowering book Dr Harris provides the means to escape the happiness trap.


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 â²the happiness trapâ´, 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 achieves this through the use of six powerful principles, which are very different to the â²common-senseâ´ strategies suggested in most self-help books. ACT 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. It is no exaggeration to say that ACT is changing the very face of western psychology â® and it was recently written up as a major feature article in â²Timeâ´ magazine. Interestingly, although ACT is based on cutting-edge psychological research into human cognition, it has many parallels with ancient eastern philosophy. 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.

⢠Despite ever-increasing personal wealth and material riches, people are unhappier than they have ever been. Incidences of depression are sky rocketing. This book offers tried and tested solutions to changing your outlook on life â® without the need for medication! ⢠Written in simple laymanâ´s terms this book will strike a chord with anyone looking to get more out of life and feel more fulfilled. Itâ´s an entertaining as well as educational read. ⢠The book uses the techniques of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, a unique and creative mindfulness-based behavioural therapy (with a sound basis in empirical science).