The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 19 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||08 January 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 146 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
2 in Mood Disorders (Audible Books & Originals)
4 in Depression (Books)
9 in Cognitive Psychology (Books)
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There is 50% new material inside and it reflects much of the honing and refinement that I have noticed in Russ' other work in the past few years. The book ties together core Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) practices with some of Russ' signature concepts, such as "Dropping Anchor", which is a practice you can use manage emotional storms that arise. There's a great "urge surfing" technique too, but perhaps the highlight is the application of the techniques to specific problems, such as rumination, healing of past hurts, making decisions and breaking habits.
To my surprise, Russ places emphasis on self-talk as a beneficial add-on to the standard ACT approaches. I haven't seen many other instances in ACT literature of helpful self-talk as a valuable practice so it was refreshing to see it in the Happiness Trap. Note, however, that the ACT idea of self-talk is not the unrealistic, wishful thinking variety preached in positive thinking books.
One thing I noticed more in this edition than the previous was the explanations of how ACT practice ties in to the bigger picture. Russ explains that by repeatedly taking charge of your inner world and behaviour, you can recondition your neurology and improve your quality of life. This longer view is sometimes missing from ACT books, partly because ACT is a very present-centered approach.
Anyway, there isn't a human being alive that couldn't benefit from this book. It's instantly among my most treasured books for managing myself and improving my life. The Audible version, in which Russ narrates, I recommend as a complement to the book.
It’s a book that I will go back to many times when things are a bit difficult and the reassuring no-nonsense approach is comforting in times of increased anxiety and discord.