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The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living
Harris, Russ with a foreword by Steven Hayes
Shambhala / Softcover / 2008-06-01 / 1590305841
ACT - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy / Cognitive Therapy Approaches in Self Help
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A guide to ACT: the mindfulness-based program for reducing stress, overcoming fear, and creating a rich and meaningful life

"Carefully and creatively presents techniques that anyone can use to undermine struggle, avoidance, and loss of the moment. Harris systematically explores how we get into the 'happiness trap' and then shines a powerful beacon showing us another way forward."—Steven Hayes, PhD, author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

"Eminently practical and readable. This book reveals that when calibrating one's life according to acceptance and valued action, happiness is a pleasant sideshow in the larger carnival of an engaged and purposeful existence."—Zindel Segal, PhD, author of The Mindful Way through Depression

"An exciting alternative to the usual approach of so many self-help books. Harris explains how we can work with ourselves as we are, rather than aggressively trying to alter ourselves. I'm impressed by the simple and effective methods of ACT."—David Richo, PhD, author of The Five Things We Cannot Change


Foreword ix

I Just Want to Be Happy! 1

How You Set the Happiness Trap
1. Fairy Tales 9
2. Vicious Cycles 19

Transforming Your Inner World
3. The Six Core Principles of ACT 33
4. The Great Storyteller 36
5. True Blues 46
6. Troubleshooting Defusion 56
7. Look Who’s Talking 63
8. Scary Pictures 70
9. Demons on the Boat 76
10. How Do You Feel? 80
11. The Struggle Switch 86
12. How the Struggle Switch Developed 90
13. Staring Down Demons 97
14. Troubleshooting Expansion 106
15. Urge Surfing 115
16. Back to the Demons 120
17. The Time Machine 122
18. The Dirty Dog 130
19. A Confusing Word 135
20. If You’re Breathing, You’re Alive 139
21. Tell It Like It Is 146
22. The Big Story 149
23. You’re Not Who You Think You Are 157

Creating a Life Worth Living
24. Follow Your Heart 167
25. The Big Question 173
26. Troubleshooting Values 180
27. The Thousand-Mile Journey 183
28. Finding Fulfillment 191
29. A Life of Plenty 199
30. Facing FEAR 203
31. Willingness 211
32. Onward and Upward 219
33. A Meaningful Life 227

Acknowledgments 233
Suggestions for Crisis Times 235
Further Readings and Resources 237
Index 238
About the Author 245

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