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: 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.
Articles: How to Practice Radical GratitudeBy Christine Carter | November 19, 2014
Are you burnt out on gratitude even before Thanksgiving? Christine Carter offers three ways to keep your feelings of gratefulness fresh.
Articles: 21 Ways to “Give Good No”By Christine Carter | November 13, 2014
Saying “no” can be really hard. But Christine Carter has a three-step plan to get there.
Christine Carter explains how "doing nothing" could be a key to happiness... and productivity.
Raising Happiness: Why I Yell at My KidsBy Christine Carter | April 29, 2014
Do you sometimes yell at your kids, just like Christine Carter? A new book can help.
Videos and Podcasts: Dealing with “Gratitude Resistors”By Christine Carter | February 28, 2014
Some people think gratitude is hokey or pointless. Here’s how to help them think differently.
Raising Happiness: Is Your Marriage Losing its Luster?By Christine Carter | January 28, 2014
Three easy ways to make it feel like new love
Raising Happiness: Tablet and Smartphone Boot Camp for Middle School ParentsBy Christine Carter | November 26, 2013
‘Tis the season for electronic gifts. But these days, parents need to provide their kids with much more than batteries for all their devices.
A new study maps what happens in our bodies and brains when we witness acts of kindness and compassion.
Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
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- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
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- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
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- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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