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
Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
Articles: Eight Ways to Help Teens Get More SleepBy Christine Carter | October 12, 2016
Is your teen sleep-deprived? Stop arguing and start listening, says Christine Carter.
Articles: How to Stop Being a People-PleaserBy Christine Carter | September 19, 2016
Does total integrity mean always acting on our feelings? No, says Christine Carter—but we do need to acknowledge our feelings, and not confuse a false self with a real one.
Articles: Grit Needs Passion, Not FearBy Christine Carter | August 30, 2016
Passionless persistence might lead to achievement, says Christine Carter, but will it make you happy?
Christine Carter always tried to meet other people’s expectations—until she realized how out of sync with her own wants and needs she’d become.
Christine Carter gets to the heart of the resentment she feels on Mother's Day.
Regain your time, attention, and energy from the email machine.
Articles: You Will Never Find Work-Life BalanceBy Christine Carter | March 15, 2016
Instead of struggling to balance responsibilities, we need to aim for finding our flow.
Articles: Three Surprising Ways to Feel Less BusyBy Christine Carter | March 9, 2016
Christine Carter shares her tips for achieving relaxed productivity—and why you can't afford to ignore them.
Christine Carter calls for a new conception of the “ideal worker"—one that doesn't involve working long hours.
Articles: Five Steps to End Your Email AddictionBy Christine Carter | December 8, 2015
Christine Carter explains how to get out of your inbox and feel more relaxed and productive.
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.
Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.
New research reveals how we learn to lie for the benefit of other people.
A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
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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