Resources

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”
– Dr Wayne Dyer

VIDEO CLIPS:

The Happiness Trap: Evolution of the Human Mind
Did you know the human mind has evolved in such a way that it naturally creates psychological suffering?  Written and narrated by Russ Harris, ACT Trainer. You can also find out more about Dr. Russ Harris’s Happiness Trap 8-week online program!
The 3 Happiness Myths

This animation illustrates the three happiness myths that we have been lead to believe, involving our thoughts and feelings. Written and narrated by Dr Russ Harris.

The Choice Point: A Map for a Meaningful Life

This tool provides a way to quickly identify the source of your biggest problems (and recognise what you are doing that’s making them worse) and plan how to deal with them effectively. Written and narrated by Dr Russ Harris.

Internal Struggles

An animation that illustrates the internal struggles we have with our thoughts and feelings, and how to step out of them. Written and narrated by Dr Russ Harris.

The Unwelcome Party Guest - an ACT Metaphor

The Unwelcome Party Guest – an Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Metaphord – There are psychological tools we can learn to use instead of trying to control our thoughts and feelings. By Joe Oliver

The Struggle Switch

This animation demonstrates our daily struggles with difficult thoughts and feelings and that when a difficult feeling appears (e.g., anxiety). Written and narrated by Dr Russ Harris.

Accepting the Mind

This is a Headspace animation, co-founder, Andy Puddicombe uses a traditional metaphor of a calm pool of water to explain how each meditation session can become an exercise in acceptance.

Changing Perspective

Training the mind can be like watching traffic go by. How do we stop ourselves getting caught up with the thoughts? It’s a question of perspective. An animation by Headspace co-founder, Andy Puddicombe.

Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation

Research has shown mindfulness and diffusion skills to be very effective. By Happify and narrated by Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier

What Do We Have All Wrong About Meditation?

Dan Harris, ABC anchor and author of 10% Happier, reveals the top 3 misconceptions about meditation and explains why anyone–even you!–can benefit from it. Animation by Happify.

Leaves on a stream
This video is a mindfulness exercise by Guernsey Health and Social Care – Mindfulness TV
Making Space

The purpose of this mindfulness exercise it to make space for particularly difficult sensations or feelings that we may find in our body. By Guernsey Health and Social Care – Mindfulness TV

Underlying Calm

This animation explains that when we connect with our Observing Self, our thoughts and feelings have less impact on us no matter how negative they are. Animation by Headspace

Values vs Goals

This animation explains the important distinction between living a goals-focused vs a values-focused life… and why living in accordance with your innermost values can lead to a more rich, full, and meaningful life. Written and narrated by Dr Russ Harris.

Demons on the boat

This metaphor is related to how we avoided trying new things we may face many obstacles including our own doubt, fear, and anxiety. Animation by Joe Oliver.

Struggling with Internal Hijackers?

Here’s a little story about me, my plane and a bunch of troublesome travelers trying to hijack my plane (in the same way troublesome thoughts and feelings hijack our life). Animation by mindifriend

Passengers On A Bus

​This is a metaphor of how we get pushed around by our thoughts and feelings. Animation by Joe Oliver.

Thanking Your Mind: Taking The Power Out of Difficult Thoughts

‘Thanking Your Mind’, is a simple but powerful method for taking the impact and power out of difficult, unhelpful thoughts.  Written and narrated by Dr Russ Harris.

Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions?
An animation to help children gain an understanding of the way their brains work to recognize and manage their emotions. This is part of the Kids Wants To Know educational videos. Please visit their site for more animations.
The Limbic Brain And Its Role In Trauma

This video discuss what happens in the brain as it relates to the flight and flight response. Written and narrated by Dr Russ Harris.

Dr. Dan Siegel's Hand Model of the Brain
Dr Dan Siegel explains how our brains are structured and the connection between emotional regulation. First published in his book, Parenting from the Inside Out (2003) and more recently published in The Whole-Brain Child (2011).
Brené Brown on Empathy

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. Find out more about the RSA

BOOKS:

  • Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven Hayes and Spencer Smith (general ACT self-help workbook from one of the creators of ACT)
  • The Happiness Trap: Stop struggling, start living. Russ Harris
  • The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression: Using ACT to Move Through Depression and Create a Life Worth Living by Patricia Robinson and Kirk Strosahl
  • The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry using ACT by John Forsyth and Georg Eifert
  • Finding Life Beyond Trauma: Using ACT to Heal from Post-Traumatic Stress and Trauma-Related Problems by C. Follette and J. Pistorello
  • The Worry Trap: How to Free Yourself from Worry & Anxiety using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by C. Lejeune.
  • Living Beyond Your Pain: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Ease Chronic Pain by JoAnne Dahl and Tobias Lundgren
  • Act on Life not on Anger: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guide to Problem Anger by G. Eifert, M. McKay and J. Forsyth
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
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