4 Happiness Myths

What is happiness? Dr. Russ Harris debunks four of the most common myths in this extract from the Happiness Trap.

The Illusion of Control

Is it possible to control our thoughts, memories, emotions, urges, mental images and physical sensations?

What Exactly is Happiness?

Learn two contrasting definitions for the term happiness, in this thought provoking blog from Dr. Russ Harris.

The Difference Between a Goals...

Society tells us the way to be happy is to achieve our goals. But there is a radically different way to live your life. A life based on values

The Sushi Train Metaphor

The Sushi Train metaphor offers a great tool for unhooking from difficult or unhelpful thoughts.

Why Is It So Difficult...

Extract from the Happiness Trap, written by Dr. Russ Harris.

Evolution of the Human Mind...

Ever wondered why the human mind has evolved the way it has? This quick video explains all.

The 3 Happiness Myths [Video]

This entertaining animation illustrates the 3 happiness myths that we have been lead to believe, involving our thoughts and feelings.

Does Acceptance Mean Settling, Giving...

It’s amazing how often folks misinterpret the word acceptance.

I Don’t Know What to...

Has your mind ever hooked you with this question: "What do I want to do with my life?" Mine certainly has, and I can tell you: it’s a recipe for misery.

What’s in My Control and...

A lot of us get stuck because we focus on things that are outside of our control. The more we do this, the more disempowered we are, and the more frustrated or disappointed or angry or anxious we feel.

The Top Tools For Lasting...

If you get up every morning at the same time to meditate or exercise or do yoga, over time that regular routine will become habitual.

The Top Tools For Lasting...

It’s a lot easier to start some new type of life-enhancing behaviour than it is to keep it going.

Why Do I Feel Like...

We all have times when we don’t feel so good. And in those moments, many of us ask ourselves the perfectly reasonable question “Why do I feel like this?”

Can We Get Rid of...

We can all benefit from making the effort to learn mindfulness, acceptance and self-compassion skills. When we have these skills, we can respond more flexibly to our painful thoughts and feelings.

How To Harness Your Anxiety

There’s a simple ABC formula for fear-whispering. When fear shows up, we: allow it, befriend it and channel it. Learn how to become a fear whisperer.

Living Your Values When Life...

We often find ourselves in situations that we don’t want to be in or having to do things we don’t particularly like.

What is Mindfulness?

Russ debunks common mindfulness myths and helps us understand what mindfulness really is.

The No BS Guide To...

What is self-compassion, why is it important and how can we learn to be better at it?

Dealing with Dilemmas

Dr. Russ gives some powerful tips on how to approach life’s dilemmas

Creating Lasting Change – 7...

Dr. Russ Harris walks us through his 7 tips for making positive new habits stick.

Why Social Anxiety is Worse...

In part 2 of Dr. Russ’s Anxiety Series, he walks us through why anxiety affects some people so much more than others.

The Biggest Myth About Social...

Dr. Russ Harris debunks ‘the biggest myth’ around social anxiety and shares his top tip on how to handle it.

Being Right – Part 2

In part 2 of Dr. Russ Harris’s ‘Being Right’ series, we learn how to better manage our desire to ‘be right’.

Being Right – Part 1

Dr. Russ Harris explains why always trying to ‘be right’ could be causing us – and our relationships – more harm than good.

No Worries? Really?

Dr. Russ Harris gives us fresh perspective on worrying.

Rebuilding Trust

If we have been badly hurt, threatened, betrayed, cheated, deceived or abused by others, often we find it hard to trust again. This especially likely if the people that did this to us were close friends or family members, or someone in a high trust…

Pointless Arguments

Have you ever had an argument along these lines?  Of course you have.  Everyone does.  And isn’t it almost always a complete waste of time?

The problem is, human memory is fallible.  We all like to believe our memory is accurate, but the inconvenient truth is, it’s often unreliable…

Donkeys, Carrots, & Sticks

I’m guessing you’ve got a pet donkey to help carry your goods to the marketplace (unless you’ve upgraded to a camel).  Now, what’s the best way to motivate your donkey?  To whip it with a stick?  Or to offer it a carrot?..