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A guide to ACT: the revolutionary mindfulness-based program for reducing stress, overcoming fear, and finding fulfilment. International best seller, The Happiness Trap, has been published in over 30 countries and 22 languages. Now updated.

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 easy-to-understand, practical, and 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 the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), a groundbreaking new approach based on mindfulness skills.

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. 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; 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, create a rich, full, and meaningful life.

Russ Harris is a medical practitioner, psychotherapist, and leading expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). His books include The Reality Slap, ACT with Love, ACT Made Simple, The Confidence Gap, and The Happiness Trap. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, and regularly travels internationally to train a wide variety of professionals in the ACT approach.

©2008 Russ Harris (P)2021 Coleman

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The narrator is awful! Don't waste your money

I bought this audiobook but switched off after a couple of minutes because the narrator's voice is very annoying. Russ Harris is a brilliant author and facilitates the Happiness Trap course excellently, but I am gutted I have wasted a credit on this.

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  • 19-04-2021

terrible narrator.

the text may be helpful but you'll never know it by listening to this book. listening to the narrator reminded me of listening to my classmates in school being forced to read aloud. it was more like a race to complete the words on the page rather than an attempt to impart knowledge. I cannot get beyond the first five minutes. what a complete waste of money.

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  • Daniel Fitzpatrick
  • 16-05-2021

Great ideas, poor performance

Not to be mean to Eddie but the performance is pretty mediocre. if you want to try a similar Russ Harris book, The Confidence Gap has many of the same concepts but much better reading. But this is a life transforming book so maybe struggle with the reading anyway.

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  • KD
  • 11-06-2021

Great content. Worst Voice ever

The content is great! The voice reading this book is horrifying and annoying. Bummer. Bad choice.

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  • Retailtherapy
  • 19-06-2021

Insighful and Motivational

Loved it and the exercises are very satisfying to complete. It's a book to keep and refer back to. I live the quote "being human is being imperfect".

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