Lots of us want to lead happier lives. Uncertainty and lack of confidence can hold us back from living life to the full. Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) has shown great results in helping people to achieve their fullest potential in a very natural, practical way. So I decided to compile a list of the best ACT books out there, so you can check them out for yourself.
The Happiness Trap, Russ Harris
The Happiness Trap is an excellent book by psychologist Russ Harris. The premise of the book is that we all have a happiness set point and that we can only change it by altering our behavior. ACT is based on the idea that we have choices in how we react to things and how we behave.
The Confidence Gap, Russ Harris
The Confidence Gap is another excellent book by psychologist Russ Harris. In this book, he talks about how many of us have limiting beliefs that hold us back from being successful in life. He also talks about how we can overcome these limiting beliefs and live a more fulfilling life.
ACT Made Simple, Russ Harris
ACT Made Simple is the third book by psychologist Russ Harris. This is an easy-to-read guide to ACT and what it means for your life. It’s not as in-depth as his other books, but still useful if you want to get started with ACT without having to read two or three books first!
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life, Steven Hayes
Steven Hayes is a psychologist who has been practicing ACT since the 1980s. In this book, he teaches you how to use ACT in your daily life. He discusses several techniques that will help you to live in the present moment and let go of negative thoughts that cause stress and anxiety. This book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn about the ACT as it relates to life skills and personal growth.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Second Edition), Steven Hayes, Kirk Strosahl, and Kelly Wilson
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of mind-body psychotherapy that is based on the idea that human beings have the capacity to change their thoughts and behaviors. It focuses on helping people identify what they can control and what they cannot control, as well as teaching them how to accept their feelings, thoughts, and situations. ACT helps people learn how to engage in positive behaviors by focusing on their values rather than on the negative aspects of their lives.
The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, John P. Forsyth and Georg H. Eifert
The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety is a self-help book for people with chronic anxiety. The authors explain that the workbook is designed to help you learn mindfulness skills and how to apply them in your daily life so that you can reduce your anxiety. They say that this book will enable you to take control of your life and overcome the problems that have led to your anxiety.
Learned Optimism, Martin Seligman
Optimism can benefit your health, relationships, and career success — but only if you’re able to learn it! This book shows you how to become more optimistic by changing the way you think about yourself, other people, and life in general. It’s one of the best books out there on this topic because it provides clear strategies for developing an optimistic outlook on life without being religious or spiritual in nature (it’s secular).
ACT on Life Not on Anger, Mitch Abblett
This book teaches us how to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to better handle anger and frustration in our lives. It provides a clear explanation of how to use ACT principles and methods to manage anger effectively by focusing on what we can change rather than what we cannot change. It also offers useful exercises to help you apply these principles in your daily life.
These acceptance & commitment therapy books are a good place to start learning about the principles and practices of this therapeutic framework. In addition to being well-received by readers, they offer many direct examples of its application in day-to-day life. The language used may be technical at times, but don’t be put off by that. They’re accessible books that speak to their target audience very clearly—and will undoubtedly help the reader with their personal growth journey.