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Christine Carter

Christine Carter

 

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: 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 Vacation

By 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 Courage

By Christine Carter | May 21, 2015

Fear holding you back? Here are Christine Carter's favorite tactics for building bravery.

 

Articles: How Being a Stepmom Makes Me a Better Parent

By Christine Carter | May 5, 2015

The children of Christine Carter's husband have taught her to give her own kids a little more space.

 

Articles: Eight Ways to Achieve More While Working Less

By Christine Carter | April 30, 2015

Slacking off makes Christine Carter more productive because she slacks strategically.

 

Articles: Three Risky Ways to Fall Deeply in Love

By Christine Carter | February 11, 2015

Love comes from action, not waiting to be adored.

 
Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work, which appears this month.

Articles: Don’t Fool Yourself: Use Technology Intentionally

By Christine Carter | February 2, 2015

Social media can stress us out—or help us feel love and connection. The key is to understand their impact and use them strategically.

 
Tris in the film version of Divergent

Articles: Want Success and Happiness? Be Divergent, Not Perfect

By Christine Carter | January 19, 2015

True happiness and satisfaction are found in balance, says Christine Carter, not in the unyielding pursuit of an impossible ideal.

 

Articles: Happiness Tip: Stop Checking Your Freaking Phone

By Christine Carter | January 13, 2015

New studies predict that you will be happier if you check your phone less. But how?

 
James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy.

Articles: Five Foolproof Ways to Feel More Joy in 2015

By Christine Carter | January 6, 2015

Christine Carter talks with James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy.

 

Articles: The Three Most Important Tactics for Keeping Your Resolutions

By Christine Carter | December 30, 2014

It's easy to make New Year resolutions. The trick lies in keeping them!

 

Articles: Three Easy Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Relatives

By Christine Carter | December 18, 2014

How does your family know how to push your buttons? Because they installed them. Here's how to take stress out of the holidays.

 
Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the GGSC. 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.

Articles: Why Happiness is the Wrong Pursuit

By 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

 

Articles: Three Steps to a Low-Stress, High-Joy Holiday Season

By Christine Carter | November 25, 2014

Christine Carter suggests how we can make this "the most wonderful time of the year," for real.

 

Articles: How to Practice Radical Gratitude

By 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.

 

Articles: Starved for Time? Here’s a Surprising—and Easy—Solution

By Christine Carter | November 4, 2014

Christine Carter explains how "doing nothing" could be a key to happiness... and productivity.

 

Raising Happiness: Why I Yell at My Kids

By Christine Carter | April 29, 2014

Do you sometimes yell at your kids, just like Christine Carter? A new book can help.

 
Some people think gratitude is hokey or pointless. Here’s how to help them think differently.

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

 

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    Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.

  • Just One Thing: Forgive Yourself

    June 25, 2015

    Everyone makes mistakes. But it takes skill to hush your inner critic!

  • Can Compassion Change the World?

    June 23, 2015

    Daniel Goleman talks with Greater Good about his new book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World.

  

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