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The Happiness Trap : How to Stop Struggling and Start Living
by Russ Harris and Steven Hayes


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590305843
  • ISBN-10: 1590305841
  • Publisher: Trumpeter
  • Publish Date: June 2008
  • Page Count: 246


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Books > Self-Help > Personal Growth - Happiness

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 55.
  • Review Date: 2008-04-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Physician Harris challenges some basic assumptions about the all-American tradition of the pursuit of happiness, drawing heavily on the “acceptance and commitment therapy” (ACT) work of University of Nevada professor Steven Hayes, which argues that happiness is not a normal state of being; pain is inevitable and what matters is how it is dealt with. The ACT prescription is to be “mindful” of negative thoughts and emotions, reconnect with core values, act in accordance with values and with the “psychological flexibility” to adapt to any situation. ACT techniques include diffusion—decreasing the impact of self-defeating thoughts (without making them go away), turning off the “struggle switch,” practicing “expansion” to make room for self-observation and connecting with the present moment. While these concepts might sound like typical self-help fare, Harris makes key distinctions: ACT is not a form of meditation or a path to enlightenment—to reap the benefits, action is imperative. More of an ACT primer than anything else, there's enough interesting content here to keep the reader, um, happy. (June)

 
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