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“I Just Want to be Happy!” The Struggle for Happiness PART 1: The Complete First Chapter of “The Happiness Trap”

If you’ve read some previous posts, you’ll be aware that I’m a huge fan of Australian MD Dr Russell Harris’ book “The Happiness Trap”. “The Happiness Trap” is a book which outlines the key principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I have said previously that I would come back to this topic so here goes!

51j3AEpsNpLACT is a relatively new (mid to late 1990’s)  approach to cognitive therapy, based around the principles of “mindfulness” and acceptance of the difference between the realities of what is going on around you as opposed to your evaluation or judgment of what is going on around you. These evaluations and judgments are often dependent on how your thoughts and assumptions are attached to or “fused” to your emotions and perceptions of yourself and others. It is a well researched model which is widely becoming more and more accepted as an effective intervention for anxiety,depression and other mental health and wellness issues.

Sound complicated and confusing? Well actually it’s not. And to prove it I am providing a link here to The full first Chapter of Dr Harris’ book in PDF format. You will need acrobat reader (free) or another free PDF reader to access this chapter which you can find by clicking on the link below.

I will be coming back to the principle of ACT and mindulness hopefully once or twice a week, and my aim is to walk you through the rationale of this approach and show you some tools,worksheets and strategies to help you to explore and implement some of basics of ACT, so subscribe to my RSS or come back regularly to keep up!

Here’s the link!

Chapter 1 of “The Happiness Trap” – Dr Russell Harris (No catches or tricks..it’s free!)

You will probably find a copy of The Happiness Trap and other ACT Books in your local library. You can also purchase a copy Here, and if you are in Australasia, Here. You can read more about it at Dr Harris’ website and there are customer reviews in My Highly Recommended Books.

Enjoy

Part Two coming soon!

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July 26, 2009 - Posted by | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, anxiety, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, depression, Resilience, therapy | , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. HI PETER,
    MY LIFE HAS BEEN HELL UNTIL RECENTLY, MY GRANDMOTHER PASSED AWAY AND SHE KEEPS COMING TO ME IN MY DREAMS TELLING ME WHAT I MUST DO. I MUST BRING THE WORLD TOGETHER AS ONE AND PASS ON SPIRITUALITY, A DEEP LOVE OF THE EARTH AND OURSELVES AND RESPECT MANKIND. THIS IS MY LIFE’S JOURNEY NOW AND MY GRANDMOTHER WAS A VERY WISE WOMAN AND IS EVEN WIZER NOW. SORRY TO RAMBLE BUT THOUGHT ID SHARE THAT WITH YOU LOVE XOXO KIMBA

    Comment by KIMBA | July 26, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Kimba, sorry to hear about your grandmother and thanks for sharing. Do you want me to make your post visible to other visitors? Hope things go well for you! Peter

      Comment by peterhbrown | July 26, 2009 | Reply

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