Russ Harris - Science behind the Happiness Trap Program

More than just some ‘pop psychology’ approach, The Happiness Trap is based on an empirically-supported model known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

ACT is a unique and creative model for coaching and therapy that is based on the innovative use of mindfulness and values. Over a 35 year period, evidence has mounted for ACT’s effectiveness in treating conditions including anxiety, chronic pain, depression, stress, smoking, weight loss and performance enhancement.

As of May 2019, researchers around the world have conducted over 300 RCTs (Randomized Controlled Trials) and published over 2,000 research papers supporting the efficacy of ACT in alleviating suffering and promoting human flourishing. The Happiness Trap program teaches highly-effective strategies and interventions based on the ACT model.

More Research

If you’re keen to know even more about the research underpinning this program, below are two links to the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science website.
ACT Randomized Controlled Trials

There are now almost 300 RCTs on ACT. RCTs are the gold standard of psychological research.

State of the ACT Evidence

This link explores the complete scientific evidence base for ACT