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'Happiness Trap' Workshops: Powerful 1-day Public Workshops for Happiness, Confidence, and Vitality

Discover a revolutionary new approach to wellbeing and fulfilment, in a life-changing 1-day workshop with Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap. Russ will be running workshops in Australia in 2015.

2015 workshops will be listed here shortly. If you would like us to inform you once they are listed, please email us at

Have you tried hard to be happier -- and found it just wasn't that easy? If so, that's hardly surprising. Commonplace notions of happiness are misleading, inaccurate, and can actually make you miserable. For example, positive thinking often does NOT work -- and research shows that positive affirmations make many people feel worse!

So come along and learn about Happiness without all the Hype. See for yourself how a new scientifically-proven approach can help you ‘escape the happiness trap’ and find genuine wellbeing and fulfilment.

These entertaining and empowering workshops are based on a model called Acceptance and Commitment Training, or ACT -- as described in Russ Harris's international best-seller The Happiness Trap, and his other self-help books, The Confidence Gap, ACT With Love, and The Reality Slap. ACT is so effective, that in the last 5 years, Russ has personally trained over 12,000 Australian coaches, therapists, counselors, doctors and psychologists in the method. (Not too surprising then that in 2011, The Happiness Trap was the number one top-selling self-help book in Australia.) And be prepared: these workshops include a wide range of practical, hands-on exercises. Expect to be stimulated, entertained, challenged, and surprised. For testimonials from previous attendees click here

(NB: This is an educational self-development workshop for the general public; coaches, therapists and health professionals who want training in ACT, should go to and enrol in an Introductory ACT training workshop.)

Each workshop includes:
- a copy of The Happiness Trap (if you've already got a copy, you can give this one as a gift to someone you care about)
- a copy of the CD Mindfulness Skills: Volume 1
- a ten-weeks long follow-up e-course, to build and apply the skills you learn during the workshop

Workshops go from 9am to 4.00pm

'Happiness Trap' educational workshops are for everyone, from CEOs to sales staff, from astronauts to stay-at-home Mums. Whether you’re lacking confidence, facing illness, coping with loss, working in a high-stress job, suffering from shyness, struggling with low self-esteem, trying to lose weight or quit smoking, preparing for the biggest challenge of your life, or just wanting to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled – in the space of just 1 day, you will learn scientifically-proven techniques to:

• reduce stress and worry
• rise above fear, doubt and insecurity
• build genuine confidence
• handle painful thoughts and feelings far more effectively
• break self-defeating habits
• develop the ‘resilience mindset’
• improve performance and find fulfilment in your work
• develop self-acceptance and self-compassion
• let go of inaccurate and misleading (but very popular) ideas about happiness
• build deeper, more satisfying relationships and, above all,
• create a rich, full and meaningful life

Mindfulness without Meditation
A key component of ACT is ‘mindfulness’: a transformative mental state of awareness, openness and focus. In a state of mindfulness, you can let difficult thoughts and feelings freely flow through you, without getting caught up in them or pushed around by them, and without getting into a struggle with them. Mindfulness also enables you to engage fully in what you are doing, to maximise your pleasure and fulfilment, or enable peak performance. In the past, you could only learn mindfulness skills through ancient Eastern practices such as yoga, meditation or martial arts. These days, thanks to ACT, mindfulness skills are quick and easy to learn, without any need to meditate. You can literally learn them in a few minutes, and they will rapidly and effectively help you to reduce the impact and influence of painful feelings, let go of distressing or unhelpful thoughts, break the grip of self-defeating habits, and engage fully in your life.

PLEASE NOTE: these workshops are 'personal development' workshops. In other words, they are educational workshops, not therapy! They will teach you the skills to overcome your own inner obstacles, to make life rich, full and meaningful, and to effectively handle the stress and difficulty that life inevitably brings. While the skills learned will be helpful for people suffering from depression, anxiety and other psychological conditions, these workshops should NOT be seen as a 'treatment' or 'therapy' for those conditions.