Don’t worry be happy


IS YOUR perceived ‘happiness’ really a trap? 

Dr Russ Harris, a former Melbourne GP turned psychotherapist and executive coach,  argues that one of the root causes of unhappiness is people’s misconception about the very definition of happiness. 

“The popular notion is that happiness means feeling good and being in a state of pleasure and contentment, and it’s not,” he says. 

“Happiness is like having children: they make you happy some of the time, but there’s also a lot of frustration getting there. Happiness is about experiencing the full range of emotions and having a life with meaning.”

In his book The Happiness Trap, Dr Harris advocates mindfulness as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help people find their own route to becoming happy. 

One of the main tenets of ACT is for people