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Free yourself from depression, anxiety, and insecurity, and instead build a rich and meaningful life with the updated and expanded edition of the world’s best-selling guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Over 1 million copies sold!

In The Happiness Trap, Dr. Russ Harris provides a means to escape the epidemic of stress, anxiety, and depression, unlocking the secrets to a truly fulfilling life.

Updated and expanded by 50 percent in its second edition, this empowering book presents the insights and techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), covering more topics and providing more practical tools than ever before. Learn how to clarify your values, develop self-compassion, and find true satisfaction with this bigger and better guide to: 
 

  • Reducing stress and worry
  • Handling painful thoughts and feelings more effectively
  • Breaking self-defeating habits 
  • Overcoming insecurity and self-doubt
  • Building better relationships
  • Improving performance and finding fulfillment at work 

New topics include activating self-compassion; how to deal with loneliness, grief, and trauma; how to work with difficult behaviors like people-pleasing, perfectionism, and procrastination; and how to make difficult decisions.

The Happiness Trap is for everyone. Whether you’re lacking confidence, facing illness, coping with loss, working in a high-stress job, or suffering from anxiety or depression, this book will show you how to build authentic happiness, from the inside out. 

©2008 Russ Harris (P)2022 Shambhala Publications

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Great inspiration and easy steps

Fabulous book, everything is broken down perfectly so it's easy to stop and start. It's the kind of book you will keep referring back to over life, an eye opener

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Put me to sleep

Probably has some good content, but never got to it, it just put me to sleep…

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  • Jagdeep S Sandhu
  • 19-01-2022

Good book for people with anxiety and depression

This book was recommended by a therapist, I can't thank him enough for this recommendation. ACT resonated more with me than CBT.

This is a book for anybody who wants to live a happier life.

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  • schavez
  • 03-05-2022

Phenomenal

I loved this book. The author’s presentation was wonderful. There’s free “extra bits” as part of the book you can download from author’s website which are really helpful in doing the exercises in the book. I recommend this book to everybody. I think everyone will find something in this book to improve their life and cope better with life’s ups and downs.

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  • Ryan
  • 25-04-2022

Absolutely Fantastic

I don't think there is any way Russ could've made this 2nd edition any better. I've been familiar with his work for several years, both professionally and personally, and I believe this is his best refinement of ACT yet.
I only wish this were required reading in every middle school in the civilized world.
Thanks, Russ, for everything.

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  • Tim Mason
  • 25-04-2022

Great advice!

Very well written and narrated. Great advice for those who are struggling with happiness. Definitely recommended.

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  • connie
  • 09-04-2022

Life changing book.

I wish I could buy a copy of this book for everyone. It is full of practical wisdom and psychological truth that can help anyone live a more fulfilling life, no matter their circumstances. I really appreciated that the author/narrator calls attention to the fact that this is an audio book and it is important to stop and periodically do the activities that the book describes. Please do the exercises. It makes a huge difference.

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  • Cassidy
  • 21-03-2022

I had to read this for school but I’m not mad about it

I really enjoyed this book, and I definitely found some of the concepts very helpful and universal. It was one of the required texts in my positive psychology class and compared to the 8$ paperback, I definitely felt that this was worth the double price just due to the convenience as well as having a digital copy. I can see myself listening to this a couple more times to really absorb all the different techniques in this book.

It’s really helped me accept a wedding coming up that I have to attend or face consequences that don’t align with my values (my bfs family will think I’m shitty for not going). I’m starting to get excited about what I can control like what I can wear, nails, hair, makeup etc. and not dreading the event as much and seeing family and having drinks. Still couldn’t care less about the wedding but maybe another listen will help me feel more excited for the people getting married (I just really don’t like them -just shy of hate- and I feel bad that I’m just not happy for them at all) I’m tempted to try a lot of the exercises in the book just for this.

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  • SM_OR
  • 21-02-2022

A must read / listen

One of the best books to help understand how to work on your self happiness!

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  • 19-03-2022

File is corrupted so won't play.

DO NOT PURCHASE THIS BOOK. Impossible to download, despite contacting audible to fix the issue.

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  • Aleksandra Horwood
  • 27-01-2022

One of the best books on this topic and much more

Just hearing the voice of the author is so surprisingly refreshing. Extremely rich audiobook, plenty of bonus materials.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-2022

Most honest and helpful self helpnive ever read

Founs it a great practical self help book. The main concept of unhooking from thoughta and feelings has been working well for me.
And im continuing to work on my values and facing my fears

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