Author(s): Dr Russ Harris, M.D.
A unique collaboration between cartoonist/author Bev Aisbett and Dr Russ Harris, this is an illustrated, simplified pocketbook version of Russ's original, international bestseller 'The Happiness Trap'. It's an easy-to-read introduction to all those powerful life-changing ideas or a great refresher course for those already familiar with the approach. Commonplace ideas about happiness are often misleading, inaccurate and likely to make you miserable in the long term. For example, positive thinking often does not work - and research shows it actually makes some people feel worse! So open 'The Happiness Trap Pocketbook' and learn how a new scientifically proven, mindfulness-based approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (better known as ACT) can help you find genuine wellbeing and fulfilment. Whether you're lacking confidence, facing illness, stressed at work, struggling with low self-esteem, trying to lose weight or quit smoking, or just wanting to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled - in this book you will learn effective techniques to: * reduce stress and worry * rise above fear, doubt and insecurity * handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively * break self-defeating habits * develop self-acceptance and self-compassion * let go of inaccurate and misleading (but very popular) ideas about happiness, and * create a rich, full and meaningful life.
Dr Russ Harris is a medical practitioner, psychotherapist, and bestselling author of 'The Happiness Trap'. He is one of the world's leading authorities on ACT, and regularly travels to train a wide variety of professionals in the approach. His other books include 'The Reality Slap', 'The Confidence Gap', 'ACT With Love', 'ACT Made Simple'. Bev Aisbett is an author, illustrator, cartoonist and artist. She is also a trained counsellor and facilitator of the 'Working with IT' anxiety recovery workshops. The simple, straightforward and effective nature of Bev's work and publications is highly regarded by health workers and sufferers alike.
How to use this book Introduction 1. Fairytales 2. Vicious Cycles 3. The basics of ACT 4. The great storyteller 5. True blues 6. Troubleshooting defusion 7. Demons in the boat 8. Drop the struggle 9. Troubleshooting expansion 10. Great connections 11. You're not who you think you are 12. Follow your heart 13. The 1000-mile journey 14. Finding fulfilment 15. A life of plenty 16. Willingness 17. A meaningful life