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  • How to Stop Struggling and Start Living
  • By: Russ Harris
  • Narrated by: Russ Harris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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By: Russ Harris
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Summary

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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Not of any use

Nothing stayed with me for a second, superficial approach to all subjects, childish examples, oversimplification. Even a 12 year old will find it less than expected. Quite a trap indeed.

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Brilliant and highly practical

A brilliant and highly practical guide on how to live a fulfilling life in any circumstances. A truly amazing book

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Very influential. The book I recommend most frequently in my clinical practice.

Making complex ideas simple and accessible. ACT is one of the third wave of cognitive and behavioural psychotherapies. It can be transformative in people’s lives. Recommended.

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a must for humanity

Great book. as a Dr it was a summary of my own experience, and learnings and will continue to test in my own life :)

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Thought changing

There's so much to consider in this book I believe it's got something for everyone. A Superb reset for me after a tough couple of years. Thanks Russ!

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  • 19-03-22

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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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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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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  • 19-01-22

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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  • Daniel
  • 11-07-22

Overwhelming amount of information

Not what I thought it would be, this audiobook is packed with exercise after exercise he'll have you pausing and doing these exercises all throughout the book. So it's not your typical I can listen on the go, while driving or doing a task type book.

And with all the exercises it just felt overwhelming, after 6 or so chapters I tossed the towel in. This is a workbook to say the least. he'll refer you to his website over and over to download the worksheets/exercises.


overall I just couldn't get in a groove with this one.

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  • Cassidy
  • 21-03-22

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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  • Wendy
  • 14-09-22

wonderful book!

Great content, performed well. I use a lot of these principles and techniques in my coaching practice

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  • CarlaB
  • 26-08-22

Truly awesome

Chalk full of practical ideas and steps to more fully live with purpose. I can’t think of another book that has more value per chapter. Definitely tops my self help book list.

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  • ICardos
  • 10-08-22

Life changing

A life changing book when dealing with life’s struggles. I wish I had this in my life when I was younger. I don’t ever post reviews- but if this can save one life- it’s totally worth it. It gives you real life exercises. Just listen and practice what you learned. Wow!

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  • Charmaine
  • 13-06-22

Loved it

This book is filled with all the tools needed to get unstuck and goes above and beyond just the theory in gets you in the trenches of doing the work.

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  • Robert B. Davis
  • 25-05-22

Well worth the listen.

The author writes in an understandable way and entertainingly narratives the book. I plan to recommend this book to clients.

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  • Ryan
  • 25-04-22

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-22

Absolutely life changing

I can’t think of a single practice more beneficial than the practice of diffusion. I think this book should be mandatory reading for all humans! Lol