The Happiness Trap Worksheet 

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What is the theory behind this Happiness Trap Worksheet? 

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living” is a book written by Russ Harris. The author discusses that humans in the modern world keep running after happiness; they erroneously believe that landing the perfect job, finding the ideal partner, or driving the best car will make them happy. This thought pattern becomes an inescapable trap, where individuals feel empty and keep wanting more materialistically to find “happiness”. The worksheet is based on the premise that happiness can be found in little moments, in meaningful relationships, in staying mindful, and in finding purposeful activities/setting goals.

How will the worksheet help? 

This worksheet will help individuals identify their unhealthy behavioral patterns to seek happiness (e.g. overworking, spending money to appear rich). Moreover, they will be able to learn about healthy ways to attain a level of satisfaction with their lives, which will eventually contribute towards a feeling of happiness or contentment with life.

How to use the worksheet? 

This worksheet will be most effective if you read the book “The Happiness Trap” or read its summary online. You will be required to think about a time when you felt truly alive and happy and answer a few question. To make the most out of this worksheet, you will be required to regularly practice activities mentioned in the worksheet that can contribute to a real sense of happiness rather than the idea of “happiness”.

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