Kindle Price: $12.99

Save $3.96 (23%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT by [Harris, Russ]
Kindle App Ad

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 510 customer reviews

See all 11 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
$12.99

Length: 258 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Try Kindle Countdown Deals
Explore limited-time discounted eBooks. Learn more.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Physician Harris challenges some basic assumptions about the all-American tradition of the pursuit of happiness, drawing heavily on the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) work of University of Nevada professor Steven Hayes, which argues that happiness is not a normal state of being; pain is inevitable and what matters is how it is dealt with. The ACT prescription is to be mindful of negative thoughts and emotions, reconnect with core values, act in accordance with values and with the psychological flexibility to adapt to any situation. ACT techniques include diffusion—decreasing the impact of self-defeating thoughts (without making them go away), turning off the struggle switch, practicing expansion to make room for self-observation and connecting with the present moment. While these concepts might sound like typical self-help fare, Harris makes key distinctions: ACT is not a form of meditation or a path to enlightenment—to reap the benefits, action is imperative. More of an ACT primer than anything else, there's enough interesting content here to keep the reader, um, happy. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review

"Carefully and creatively presents techniques that anyone can use to undermine struggle, avoidance, and loss of the moment. Harris systematically explores how we get into the 'happiness trap' and then shines a powerful beacon showing us another way forward."—Steven Hayes, PhD, author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life

"Eminently practical and readable. This book reveals that when calibrating one's life according to acceptance and valued action, happiness is a pleasant sideshow in the larger carnival of an engaged and purposeful existence."—Zindel Segal, PhD, author of The Mindful Way through Depression

"An exciting alternative to the usual approach of so many self-help books. Harris explains how we can work with ourselves as we are, rather than aggressively trying to alter ourselves. I'm impressed by the simple and effective methods of ACT."—David Richo, PhD, author of The Five Things We Cannot Change

Product details

  • File Size: 853 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Trumpeter; 1 edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XI12O8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


Customer Reviews

Rated by customers interested in
Mindfulness
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
Religion & Spirituality Books
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars
Self-Help Books
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Top customer reviews

May 14, 2017
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
August 26, 2016
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
review image
0Comment| 21 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
July 7, 2011
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
June 23, 2016
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
June 26, 2015
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse

Most recent customer reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT