ACT Daily Journal
Get Unstuck and Live Fully with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
240 Pages, 6.00 x 8.00 x 0.00 in
- Published: May 2021
Dramatically change your life in just minutes a day with this powerful guided journal.
When you are faced with life’s challenges, it’s easy to lose track of what’s important, get stuck in your thoughts and emotions, and become bogged down by day-to-day problems. Even if you’ve made a commitment to live according to your core values, the ‘real-world’ has a way of driving a wedge between you and a deeper, more meaningful life. Now there’s a flexible program for learning how to practice a popular, proven-effective therapy protocol on your schedule!
With The ACT Daily Journal, you’ll learn all about the six core processes of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)—including mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based living—and even learn about a seventh: self-compassion. If there was ever a time to adopt the ACT approach to living, it’s now. By applying ACT to your life, you’ll learn how to roll with life’s punches, and stay in contact with the present moment, even when you have unpleasant thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations.
The gift of being present is becoming increasingly valuable in these uncertain times of conflict and chaos; it’s never been so important to live flexibly, with more meaning, and with a deeper understanding of shared struggles and our inherent humanity.
ACT is more than just a therapy—it’s a framework for living well. It helps us accept. It teaches us to make a commitment to what we deeply care about. And it works best when practiced daily. Let this journal guide you toward what really matters to you.
“Reading this book is like talking with a good friend who happens to be a world-class therapist. It is both simple and profound, practical and soulful, healing and inspiring. It is a rare achievement to find so much wisdom expressed in such a warm and encouraging way. Useful for anxiety and stress, as well as for simply living life fully and joyfully. This is a real gem.”~Rick Hanson, PhD
—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Hardwiring Happiness
“I love the ACT Daily Journal! It is an easy-to-follow guide for practicing ways of being that contribute to thriving and psychological health via small, consistent actions we can engage in each day. I love that the journal begins with compassion and self-care, providing the perfect foundation for a committed practice. And I now want to be a snail when I grow up (but you’ll have to read the book to find out why)!”~Jill Stoddard, PhD
—Jill Stoddard, PhD, author of Be Mighty and The Big Book of ACT Metaphors, and cohost of the Psychologists Off the Clock podcast
“In ACT Daily Journal, Diana Hill and Debbie Sorensen guide you on a journey of introspection, intention setting, and deliberate practice. Unlike many self-help books and guided journals, this book emphasizes action. Each day you will read (in only a few minutes!) about the rationale and science behind that day’s practice. You will reflect on, and write in response to, a few prompts. Then you will weave throughout your day a simple practice. The result? In just eight weeks, you’ll build mastery in the core processes of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a complex and powerful therapy that can help you build a richer, more fulfilling life. Finally, a book that truly brings ACT to the masses!”~Alisha L. Brosse, PhD
—Alisha L. Brosse, PhD, partner at the Boulder Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, and author of End the Insomnia Struggle
“Increasing your psychological flexibility is not a one-and-done issue. Like creating healthy patterns of eating, sleeping, or exercising, it’s a one-day-at-a-time issue, and there is no better way to groove a daily habit of improvement than to keep a daily journal while you learn. This book will show you how, in a step-by-step, day-by-day, eight-week journey. You will be challenged but never overwhelmed; you will create new habits but never be bored. I highly recommend ACT Daily Journal.”~Steven C. Hayes, PhD
—Steven C. Hayes, PhD, originator of ACT, author of A Liberated Mind, and foundation professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno
“In this wonderful book, Diana Hill and Debbie Sorensen help readers use the tools of ACT to develop self-compassion and psychological flexibility in the best possible way, applying it in their lives. The authors create an engaging, immersive experience in which readers are gently guided through brief, easy-to-follow practices and reflections to help them work with life struggles and build lives filled with meaning, purpose, and kindness. Highly recommended!”~Russell Kolts, PhD
—Russell Kolts, PhD, professor of psychology at Eastern Washington University, and author of CFT Made Simple and The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger
“Are you ready to get in the driver’s seat of your life and take it to the next level? In ACT Daily Journal, Diana Hill and Debbie Sorensen take you on a journey to greater purpose, joy, and fulfillment. Grounded in psychology, this journal is filled with self-reflection journal prompts and daily practices that guide you toward deeper self-awareness and realignment with what matters most to you. By the end of this eight-week journey, you will have the tools and firsthand experience needed to show up more fully in your life, reach your goals, and overcome any obstacles you face along the way.”~Robyn L. Gobin, PhD
—Robyn L. Gobin, PhD, licensed psychologist, assistant professor of community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and author of The Self-Care Prescription
“With relatable personal stories, moving vignettes, and digestible descriptions of the science, this unique journal gently guides individuals through one of the most powerful treatment approaches available for managing mental health and improving quality of life. It’s an inspired and inspiring read you will want to buy for anyone and everyone you care about.”~Yael Schonbrun, PhD
—Yael Schonbrun, PhD, assistant professor at Brown University, and cohost of the Psychologists Off the Clock podcast
“Living your values can be hard work. With this guided journal, Hill and Sorensen have created a useful and practical resource to apply evidence-based skills to everyday life. It is a charming, compassionate, and helpful resource for anyone trying to live a more vibrant and value-consistent life.”~Dayna Lee-Baggley, PhD
—Dayna Lee-Baggley, PhD, registered psychologist who provides clinical care for medical, surgery, and cancer care patients, and conducts research as an assistant professor in the faculty of medicine at Dalhousie University; and author of Healthy Habits Suck
“Hill and Sorensen’s ACT Daily Journal makes a wonderful addition to the ACT literature for both novice and expert alike. ACT strategies to build psychological flexibility are engagingly taught within a doable structure alongside relatable and motivating authors’ anecdotes. I enthusiastically recommend this guided ACT Daily Journal to my clinical colleagues for use with their clients as well as themselves!”~Debra L. Safer, MD
—Debra L. Safer, MD, associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine
“ACT Daily Journal is a flexible, step-by-step guide to living with greater life vitality, and a perfect addition to any professional’s library! Weaving in personal stories, quotes, and metaphors to introduce the six core components of psychological flexibility, it is highly engaging, relatable, warm, and accessible. With each week focusing on a different process; and each day, one small practice; clients can readily integrate skills into their daily lives. Highly recommended!”~Rhonda M. Merwin, PhD
—Rhonda M. Merwin, PhD, associate professor at Duke University School of Medicine, peer-reviewed ACT trainer, and coauthor of ACT for Anorexia Nervosa