Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the director of the Greater Good Parents program at the Greater Good Science Center, where she writes the Center’s parenting blog, Raising Happiness. She is also the author of the book Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents (Random House, 2010).
Stories by Christine Carter
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.
Raising Happiness: Would Working Less Make You Happier?By Christine Carter | September 23, 2013
Is it even possible to work less in today’s economy?
Raising Happiness: Are you Maxed Out?By Christine Carter | September 16, 2013
Many American moms are on the brink of breakdown. Are you?
Raising Happiness: Passion + Adversity = Success?By Christine Carter | September 9, 2013
Raising Happiness: The Quiet Secret to SuccessBy Christine Carter | September 2, 2013
As the kids head back to school, I’m thinking about what really leads to success--as well as happiness. Part 2 in a 3 part series. Click here to read Part 1.
Raising Happiness: A New Theory of Elite PerformanceBy Christine Carter | August 26, 2013
As the kids head back to school, I’m thinking about what really leads to success--as well as happiness. Part one in a three-part series.
Videos and Podcasts: Are You Overscheduling Your Kids?By Christine Carter | August 19, 2013
Do sports, music lessons, and enrichment activities increase kids’ success?
Raising Happiness: Video: Are You Overscheduling Your Kids?By Christine Carter | August 19, 2013
Do sports, music lessons, and enrichment activities increase kids' success?
Raising Happiness: Advice for New ParentsBy Christine Carter | August 12, 2013
An open letter to my brother and his wife, who are expecting their first baby--a boy!!!--this fall.
Videos and Podcasts: Mindsets: Growth vs. FixedBy Christine Carter | August 5, 2013
Your kids’ ticket to engagement vs. anxiety.
Raising Happiness: Video: Growth vs. Fixed MindsetsBy Christine Carter | August 5, 2013
Your kids' ticket to engagement vs. anxiety.
Raising Happiness: July Raising Happiness NewsletterBy Christine Carter | July 29, 2013
Time to rest
Videos and Podcasts: Making Routines EasierBy Christine Carter | July 22, 2013
Getting kids an autopilot for the stuff they have to do everyday
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?
Anger is a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. But how can you stop it from getting out of hand?
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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...
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The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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