Christine Carter, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work (Ballantine Books, 2015) and Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents (Random House, 2010). A former director of the GGSC, she served for many years as author of its parenting blog, Raising Happiness.
Stories by Christine Carter
Articles: Five Research-Based Ways to Say NoBy Christine Carter | November 25, 2015
It's easy to feel overtaxed at the end of the year. Christine Carter explains how to set some boundaries (nicely).
Articles: The Three Parts of an Effective ApologyBy Christine Carter | November 12, 2015
"I'm sorry" isn't enough—Christine Carter explains what else needs to be said.
Here are the things Christine Carter hopes her little girl has learned before she goes out into the world.
Our kids' lives are not our lives. Once you recognize that fact, says Christine Carter, you can start the conversation.
Want more of that coveted state of ease, brilliance, and hyper-productivity? Here’s how to get it.
Articles: Please Stop Interrupting Me!By Christine Carter | June 24, 2015
Why interruptions make us irritable, anxious, and unproductive.
Articles: You DO Have Time for a Summer VacationBy Christine Carter | June 16, 2015
Many people feel like they have too much work to take a vacation. But research suggests you’ll be happier, healthier, and more productive if you do.
Articles: Three Tricky Ways to Cultivate CourageBy Christine Carter | May 21, 2015
Fear holding you back? Here are Christine Carter's favorite tactics for building bravery.
The children of Christine Carter's husband have taught her to give her own kids a little more space.
Slacking off makes Christine Carter more productive because she slacks strategically.
Articles: Three Risky Ways to Fall Deeply in LoveBy Christine Carter | February 11, 2015
Love comes from action, not waiting to be adored.
Social media can stress us out—or help us feel love and connection. The key is to understand their impact and use them strategically.
True happiness and satisfaction are found in balance, says Christine Carter, not in the unyielding pursuit of an impossible ideal.
New studies predict that you will be happier if you check your phone less. But how?
Christine Carter talks with James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy.
It's easy to make New Year resolutions. The trick lies in keeping them!
How does your family know how to push your buttons? Because they installed them. Here's how to take stress out of the holidays.
Articles: Why Happiness is the Wrong PursuitBy Christine Carter | December 11, 2014
The way to lead a joyful life is not to pursue happiness for ourselves, argues Christine Carter, but to pursue it for others
Christine Carter suggests how we can make this "the most wonderful time of the year," for real.
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
The emphasis on testing can squeeze the feeling out of today’s classrooms. Here is one teacher’s journey to re-connect with herself and her students.
A new study suggests that "thank you" can protect marriages from the toxic effects of conflict.
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Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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