The Practicing Happiness Workbook: How Mindfulness Can Free You from the Four Psychological Traps That Keep You Stressed, Anxious, and Depressed

The Practicing Happiness Workbook: How Mindfulness Can Free You from the Four Psychological Traps That Keep You Stressed, Anxious, and Depressed


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Are you looking for a better life—one filled with true contentment and joy? Everyone wants to be happy, but somewhere along the way, we fall into “traps” that prevent us from reaching our potential, our goals, and the lives we want. Sure to be a classic in the self-help genre, Practicing Happiness utilizes a cutting-edge transdiagnostic approach at the forefront of contemporary behavioral therapy to help you break free from these psychological traps, once and for all.

In this important and groundbreaking workbook, internationally-recognized mindfulness expert Ruth Baer discusses the four most common psychological traps that people get stuck in: rumination, avoidance, emotion-driven behavior, and self-criticism. To help you get past these traps, Baer provides powerful, proven-effective mindfulness strategies, exercises, and worksheets to guide you, step-by-step, to the life that you deserve.

Chapter by chapter, you will learn how to apply these mindfulness skills in everyday situations. And with practice, you’ll find yourself taking control of your thoughts and feelings in a new way. Instead of falling back on familiar habits, such as self-criticism, you will learn to foster an attitude of kindness and curiosity toward both yourself and the world around you.

By following the exercises and tips outlined in this clear, helpful guide, you will learn to truly transform your mind—and your life!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608829033
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 485,965
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ruth Baer, PhD, is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where she conducts research on mindfulness and teaches mindfulness-based treatments. She is the editor of two books: Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches and Assessing Mindfulness and Acceptance Processes in Clients.
Foreword author Mark Williams, PhD, is professor of clinical psychology at Oxford University, UK. He is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a fellow of the British Academy. He is author of many books and articles on the psychology of depression and its treatment, focusing on mindfulness-based approaches.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword vii

Part 1 Introduction

1 How This Book Will Help You 3

2 Welcoming All Visitors to the Mind 13

Part 2 Psychological Traps

3 Rumination 23

4 Avoidance 37

5 Emotion-Driven Behavior 51

6 Self-Criticism 67

Part 3 Mindfulness Skills

7 Values and Goals 85

8 Mindful Observation 103

9 Mindful Observation with Labeling 117

10 Acting with Awareness 135

11 Acceptance and Willingness 151

12 Self-Compassion 165

Part 4 Putting It All Together

13 Exercises for Combining the Skills 185

14 Mindfulness and Happiness 203

Resources 215

References 219


Baer lives in Lexington, KY.

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