THE OFFICIAL BLURB:
This easy-to-read self-help book is firmly based on the principles of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. The title reflects a key theme: that popular ideas about happiness are misleading, inaccurate, and often make us miserable. The book covers in detail how to use mindfulness skills, values, and effective action to enhance health, vitality, and life satisfaction.
Based on a revolutionary new development in human psychology, this book will show you groundbreaking ways to:
- handle painful feelings far more effectively
- escape the grip of self-defeating habits
- rise above your fears, doubts and insecurities
- find more fulfilment in your work
- build more satisfying relationships and, above all,
- create a rich, full and meaningful life.
At last, a self-help book that really can change your life!
This book changed my life, in that it changed my outlook. I read it, I believed what I read and it worked. I was so intrigued by the words on the page that I attended one of Dr Harris’ workshops (10 000km away and pregnant with morning sickness) and I still put into practice the things we learnt that weekend, 4 years later.
The art of mindfulness isn’t just for people who suffer depression, anxiety, hippies who meditate and Buddhists. It curates a healthy mental state in us all. No diagnosis needed, just a change in perspective and the way in which we judge others and ourselves. Such practices learned in this self-help book can be applied to all of your relationships and how you interact with yourself (your noisy mind), your husband, your kids, your family, your employer, your employees, your neighbours, your acquaintances. It’s more about attitude and compassion than admitting that you’re not coping. Sure, the workshop was heavily attended by therapists and patients but everyone agreed the concepts were diverse and beneficial to us all.
Bottom line – don’t chase the elusive concept of ‘happiness’ all your life. Be you and accept that you are ‘normal’ the way you are. The Happiness Trap by Dr Russ Harris gives you a ‘Game Plan’ to do that.
Today is World Mental Health Day. Are you OK?