The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living
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.
Dr Russ Harris is a medical practitioner with a passion for life, health and healing. A leading authority on stress management, Russ regularly travels all over Australia, and internationally, training coaches, psychologists, doctors, and other health professionals in the use of 'mindfulness'.
Foreword Introduction: I Just Want to Be Happy PART 1: How You Set The Happiness Trap Chapter 1: Fairytales Chapter 2: Vicious Cycles PART 2: Transforming Your Inner World Chapter 3: The Six Core Principles of ACT Chapter 4: The Great Storyteller Chapter 5: True Blues Chapter 6: Troubleshooting Defusion Chapter 7: Look Who's Talking Chapter 8: Scary Pictures Chapter 9: Demons on the Boat Chapter 10: How Do You Feel? Chapter 11: The Struggle Switch Chapter 12: How the Struggle Switch Developed Chapter 13: Staring Down Demons Chapter 14: Troubleshooting Expansion Chapter 15: Urge Surfing Chapter 16: More Demons Chapter 17: The Time Machine Chapter 18: The Dirty Dog Chapter 19: A Confusing Word Chapter 20: If You're Breathing, You're Alive Chapter 21: Tell It Like It Is Chapter 22: The Big Story Chapter 23: You're Not Who You Think You Are PART 3: Creating A Life Worth Living Chapter 24: Follow Your Heart Chapter 25: The Big Question Chapter 26: Troubleshooting Values Chapter 27: The Thousand-mile Journey Chapter 28: Finding Fulfilment Chapter 29: A Life of Plenty Chapter 30: Facing FEAR Chapter 31: Willingness Chapter 32: Onward and Upward Chapter 33: A Meaningful Life Workshops Further Reading Resources Acknowledgements Index