The Illustrated Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living

The Illustrated Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living


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The life-changing practice of applied mindfulness called ACT is made even more accessible in this fun and easy-to-understand volume that illustrates all the principles with entertaining cartoons.

There’s this idea going around that we’re always supposed to be happy—and it’s making us miserable. The good news is, if you can learn to let go of that impossible expectation, your life will be a whole lot happier. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a simple, self-administered therapy that uses mindfulness to enable you to do just that. This fun, illustrated guide to the method that’s made life better for millions is the easiest way yet to learn how to escape the happiness trap and start living a life that’s far richer, fuller, and more meaningful.

With ACT you’ll learn to:
Reduce stress and worry • Handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively • Break self-defeating habits • Overcome insecurity and self-doubt • Recognize and treasure the whole range of emotions that make up a satisfying life

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611801576
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 65,127
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Russ Harris is a physician, therapist, and speaker specializing in stress management. He travels internationally to train health professionals and ordinary people in the techniques of ACT. He is also the author of the original Happiness Trap, as well as six other books, including ACT with Love, The Reality Slap, and The Confidence Gap.
Bev Aisbett is an author, illustrator, and cartoonist. She is also a trained counselor and facilitator of anxiety recovery workshops.

Table of Contents

How to use this book 7

Introduction 9

1 Fairytales 20

2 Vicious cycles 29

3 The basics of ACT 43

4 The great storyteller 46

5 True blues 59

6 Troubleshooting defusion 64

7 Demons in the boat 76

8 Drop the struggle 87

9 Troubleshooting expansion 101

10 Great connections 106

11 You're not who you think you are 120

12 Follow your heart 128

13 The 1000-mile journey 135

14 Finding fulfillment 146

15 A life of plenty 150

16 Willingness 157

17 A meaningful life 164

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