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 (forthcoming in January of 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 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.
Raising Happiness: How to Help Kids Adjust to CollegeBy Christine Carter | October 28, 2013
Four ways to support new college students who are experiencing a rocky transition.
Raising Happiness: How to Eliminate “Junk Stimulus”By Christine Carter | October 15, 2013
Reigning in clutter adds ease to your life.
Raising Happiness: How to Avoid Burnout—or a BreakdownBy Christine Carter | October 7, 2013
Three ways working parents can combat exhaustion that don’t require radical social change.
Recent research backs up Friedrich Nietzsche.
Education reform efforts often undermine trust in schools, but research points to another way.
A new book applies science to figuring out how to build a place where people actually look forward to work.
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