The Happiness Trap : Stop Struggling, Start Living by Russ Harris (Free Download), Popular ideas about happiness are misleading, inaccurate, and are directly contributing to our current epidemic of stress, anxiety and depresssion. And unfortunately, popular psychological approaches are making it even worse.
In this controversial, but 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 a groundbreaking new approach based on mindfulness skills.
Mindfulness is a mental state of awareness, openess, and focus. 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.
Break self-defeating habits.
Improve performance and find fulfilment in your work.
Build more satisfying relationships.
Create a rich, full and meaningful life.
‘This book could save you years of psychological struggle, yank you out of negative emotional patterns, and help propel you to a much happier, more productive life’ – Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star ‘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 ‘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 ‘A practical antidote to the self-help industry’s unhelpful obsession with trying to change yourself’ – Sainsbury’s Magazine ‘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
Dr Russ Harris was born in Liverpool, England. After graduating in medicine from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, he emigrated to Australia. As a family doctor, he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of medical illness (and increasingly less interested in writing prescriptions). In his eclectic career, he has been a stand-up comedian, sex therapist, filmmaker, novelist, and workshop presenter. He now practices as a psychological health physician in Melbourne.