Thursday, June 18, 2015

Staff Pick! Book Recommendation from Rev. Lee Anderson, Care Coordinator

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris
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“Just suppose for a moment that almost everything you believed about finding happiness turned out to be inaccurate, misleading, or false. And suppose that those very beliefs were making you miserable. What if your very efforts to find happiness were actually preventing you from achieving it?” While these lines from Russ Harris’s introduction to his book may be jarring, I found his book to be soothing and empowering. He discusses the thoughts, myths, and beliefs that lead to internal struggles in many people, and presents tools and techniques to help change the way we think and believe about ourselves, our emotions, and our experiences. He then teaches ways to help readers create a meaningful life. This book is well-written, and a good read. Furthermore, the hands-on tools are easy and practical to use.
As a professional who has helped people heal, change, and find meaning, and as someone who has sought these same things for herself, I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to reduce negativity in his or her life and live life more fully. These concepts go hand in hand with the good news of Christ, who said “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, NRSV)