Dr. Christine Carter

A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D. is the author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is syndicated on the HuffingtonPost and PsychologyToday.com.

Best known for her happiness and parenting advice, Carter draws on psychology, sociology, and neuroscience, and uses her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures to demonstrate the do’s and don’ts in action.

After receiving her B.A. from Dartmouth College, where she was a Senior Fellow, Dr. Carter worked in marketing management and school administration, going on to receive her Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley.

Dr. Carter has been quoted or featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe, as well as Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Fitness, Redbook, and dozens of other publications. She has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” the “Dr. Oz Show”, the “TODAY” show, the “Rachael Ray Show,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer”, PBS, as well as NPR and BBC Radio.

A keynote speaker at hundreds of events and professional groups, Dr. Carter loves to share her work with new audiences. In 2010, she received an award from the Council on Contemporary Families for her outstanding science-based reporting on family issues. In 2012 she won Red Tricycle’s awards for the “Most Influential Blog” and “Best Parent Education” and twice she has been nominated for an award from the American Sociological Association for public sociology.

Dr. Carter has helped thousands of people find more joy in their lives through her book, online classes, coaching, and speaking engagements.

She lives with her family in Berkeley, California.

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Recent Blog Entries

Thursday Thought

I’m proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money.” – Arthur Godrey

Thursday Thought

Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience.” –Paul Cezanne

Motivating your kids with bribes (or threats)?

“If you empty the dishwasher right now, I’ll give you a dollar.” Does this sound familiar? We’ve all done it: offered our kids little bribes — and maybe even threatened … Read more…

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Mindfully Balancing Work & Life with Dr. Christine Carter & Samantha Ettus
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Conference for Early Childhood Professionals
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