Anxiety and stress
Feelings of emptiness
Harsh critical thoughts
Lack of purpose
Low self esteem
Meaning and purpose
Health and wellbeing
The Happiness Trap Online Program created by Dr Russ Harris is based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), a science-based model of behaviour change. ACT is supported by a vast body of scientific research.
Over 1000 published studies demonstrate the effectiveness of ACT in helping people overcome a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, loss of fulfilment in life and many more. The ACT tools and techniques you will learn in this program are also used by tens of thousands of therapists, counsellors, coaches, psychologists, doctors and other health practitioners around the world to help their clients reduce suffering and find enhance wellbeing. Read more about the science
"I must say I am really grateful for this course, I did another course a half a year ago where the teacher always said stuff like: just repeat your positive affirmations and everything will be just fine."
Alexander jager - Germany
"It really resonates with me, I particularly like that Russ doesn't do the "positive thinking" stuff and really drives home, each week, the futility of labelling your thoughts and actions as "bad, wrong, negative". It's really bought me a lot of comfort."
Caroline Blackburn – UK
"I have loved this program and it has been of great benefit to me. I feel more solid in understanding and using the skills. I especially have benefited from the exercises working with values, goals and goal setting. "
Anna Marie Chantry - USA
"I'm getting a lot out of the program. I'm a psychologist and I often recommend Russ's books and videos to clients. This 8-week program is a refresher for me. Russ makes ACT comprehensible. He is a great model to follow. Thank you!"
"I've just finished the week one lesson and just want to thank you - Russ - and your team sooo much! This is enormous, and I am deeply grateful. You've presented all this in a way that feels light and relieving, easy to follow, encouraging, motivating....And so practical!! "
"This is always going to be a work in progress, to fully benefit from the powerful potential in ACT requires continuous effort, it is never 'finished', but once I've come to terms with that I can sit back and enjoy the ride."
"Being a visual person this program is what brings it all together for me. Love what you've done! Thank you."
"I'm happy to have the opportunity to express my feelings about this course. It is excellent and high above all my expectations."
"I love the program it is accessible, simple, easy to follow and easy to apply. The program has given me a greater understanding overall of how I can live my life more fully through all its ups and downs."
Petra Ervanius – Sweden
From absorbing stories to cool animations, each entertaining week takes about 1-2 hours or so to do.
Easy to do and clearly explained, the skills and strategies you'll learn are scientifically proven to actually work.
Right from the start, you'll be able to practice what you learned and feel the benefits in your daily life.
While the program is designed to work over 8 weeks. You’ll actually get 6 months of access so you can review and rewind whenever you like.
Week by week, apply easy to learn skills and strategies and move your life into fulfilment, meaning and genuine happiness.
Designed to work best over an 8 week period. Each week takes about 1-2 hrs to do plus some practice time. You’ll learn evidence based skills and strategies to help build genuine happiness from the inside out.
WEEK 1 Happiness & Suffering
WEEK 2 A new way
WEEK 3 Get off the hook
WEEK 4 Being present
WEEK 5 Meaning & Purpose
WEEK 6 Doing what matters
WEEK 7 Holding yourself kindly
Hi, I'm Russ… doctor, therapist, father, trainer of health professionals, and author of The Happiness Trap (plus eight other books). I started my career as a newly-graduated doctor back in 1989, and soon discovered that most of my patients were expressing a significant degree of dissatisfaction in life; stress, anxiety and unhappiness were widespread. So I set off on a journey to find out a) what makes people unhappy, and b) far more importantly, what creates genuine and lasting happiness. Read more.
Yes, there’s a very high chance this program will make you happier, as long as you actively apply the principles. It will give you the tools and techniques you need to build a richer and more fulfilling life, to effectively handle the inevitable painful feelings that life brings, and to enhance pleasure, joy and satisfaction in everyday living.
The Happiness Trap Program is first and foremost an educational program designed to give you the tools and techniques to build a rich and rewarding life. Although it is based on a model of therapy (ACT), a model used in clinical psychotherapy, the program itself is not specifically designed as a treatment for depression or other clinical disorders. Therapy involves amongst other things, taking into account your history, biology and your environment. These important factors about you fall outside of the scope of this program and as such, it is not therapy. The principles and tools of the program can however be used very successfully in conjunction with therapy. If you are seeing a therapist, we recommend you ask them to take a look at what the program involves and ask them whether they think the program is right for you.
The Happiness Trap Program is first and foremost an educational program, giving you the tools and techniques to build a rich and rewarding life. Although it is based on a model of therapy (ACT), the program itself is not designed as a treatment for mental health disorders – it is not therapy. Therapy involves amongst other things, taking into account your history, biology and your environment. These important factors about you fall outside of the scope of this program. That said, the principles and tools within the program can be used very successfully as an adjunct to other treatments, for a wide range of mental health disorders. We recommend you ask your doctor, therapist or other treating health professional to take a look at what the program involves and advise whether they think it’s right for you.
The principles and tools of the program can be applied very successfully, whether you are on medication or not. The Happiness Trap Program is first and foremost an educational program, giving you the tools and techniques to build a rich and rewarding life, and to handle the difficult thoughts and feelings that go with it. Although it is based on a model of therapy (ACT), the program itself is not designed as a treatment for mental health disorders – it is not therapy. The principles and tools of the program can however be used very successfully as an adjunct to other treatments, for a wide range of mental health disorders. We recommend you ask your doctor, therapist or other treating health professional to take a quick look at what the program involves and advise whether they think it’s right for you.
You can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll run through the options that would work best for you.
Yes, each participant who has completed the program in full will receive a Certificate of Completion. If you have completed at least 75% of the program you will receive a Certificate of Participation. Both these certificates will be emailed to participants as a PDF (a few weeks after the program access ends) and they will be on Happiness Trap documentation and will include the program name, your name, the date and the weeks the program (8 weeks).
The Happiness Trap program is an educational program, giving you the tools and techniques to build a rich and rewarding life, and to handle the difficult thoughts and feelings that go with it. It is based on a scientifically-proven model of therapy called ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) which has successfully helped millions of people around the world to significantly reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, while building richer, more fulfilling lives. The program itself is not specifically designed as a treatment for depression, anxiety or other clinical disorders, but the principles and tools of the program can be used very successfully in conjunction with therapy. If you are seeing a therapist, we recommend you ask them to take a quick look at what the program involves and ask them whether they think it is right for you. For more information about the scientific research on which this program is based, visit ‘The Science’ page.
The program can certainly help you with that. You’ll discover plenty of useful tools and techniques for clarifying what you want to do in life and how to make the most of your precious time on this planet.
We’ve created this course with an adult audience in mind. Teenagers could certainly do it and benefit from it, but the content is geared towards adult issues rather than teenage issues.
Yes you can.
While you can take the program at your own pace, it is advisable to carve out at least 90 minutes per week to make sure you have plenty of time to absorb everything. To just watch the videos will take 60-70 minutes most weeks; but if you also listen to the audios and read the written materials, that can take you another 20-40 minutes. On average, it will be about 90 minutes a week, but some weeks have more content than others, so it varies.
Designed to fit into busy schedules, the program has been divided into easy-to-digest modules that can be done at your own pace throughout each week – e.g. 10 minutes at lunchtime, 20 minutes at night.
Russ’s training method is direct, effective and lots of fun, which must never be underrated as I believe most people learn more when they are enjoying themselves.
Dr. Russ Harris is a great communicator and presents information in a concise and accessible way. I love his warmth, clarity, and sense of peace.
Russ Harris training methods are absolutely outstanding. He has a inspiring way of engaging a audience by presenting very informative complex concepts into easy understandable useful tools, while managing to make learning fun and entertaining with his energetic humour.
Russ is like a friend who invites you to experience a new way of living, with many empirically-proven strategies that can really transform your life.
Russ makes concepts and theories so easy to understand – I like the way he uses animations to explain the difficult stuff.