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The Happiness Trap

Russ Harris

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The Happiness Trap offers an easy to follow, practical guide to implementing Acceptances and Commitment Therapy, or ACT: an effective method for loosening the grip of negative emotions so that you can follow your values in life.


The Happiness Trap

The Happiness Trap

by Russ Harris


Mindfulness is in fashion right now, and it seems like basically everyone recommends it. Downloading a meditation app to your phone or dropping into a yoga class might seem like fun, but sporadic and isolated efforts at mindfulness are not likely to work very well. Especially if you're already in the thick of negative emotions, as so many people are, you need concrete steps to take in order to apply mindfulness tools for yourself. It must become a habit and a way of approaching life generally. It can't just be a mere hobby, or you won't reap the rewards.

Dr. Russ Harris is a psychotherapist, life coach, and trainer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT may sound like just another self-help book, but it really does provide a specific guide to action. For people who need to find a way to soothe themselves as soon as possible when things go wrong, ACT provides a technique for learning to live with negative emotions instead of fighting them.

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Having negative thoughts and feelings means I'm a normal human being.

- Russ Harris, Steven C. Hayes

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