Press Room

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. Following is a selection of Dr. Carter’s press appearances.


The Dr. Oz Show
“Happiness Boosters”


PBS Newshour
“What makes us happy?”

The Today Show

“Kids crumbling under too much pressure?”

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Everyday Health with Dr. Sanjay Gupta
6 Ways to Be Happy Alone
A study suggests that people have a hard time being alone with their thoughts. What can you do about it? Read.

The Science of Being Happy
Surprisingly easy practices can mold you into a more cheerful, appreciative person—a person who loves their life. Read.

Help! My Kid Is a Jerk!
Your kid is great — good sport, lots of good deeds — but he has obnoxious moments. And those moments threaten your sanity. Sometimes he doesn’t listen to you. He won’t take no for an answer. He’s mean to his sister. You start to ask yourself, “Is my kid a jerk?” Read.

Prevention Magazine
The Secret To Happiness? Failure (Seriously)
Failure: we’ve been taught to dodge it, but science has found that welcoming this dirty little ‘f’ word can actually make us more successful and ultimately happier. Read.

The New York Times: Motherlode Blog
How to Start a Year-Round Family Gratitude Ritual
Sometime this Thanksgiving or in the coming weeks, you and yours will probably share notes on the things for which you’re thankful. Read.

Is it sibling rivalry or bullying?
“I hate you!” “You’re an idiot!” “I wish you were never born!” Parenting expert Christine Carter says some sibling rivalry should be called what it is: bullying. Watch.

Stop nagging!
Kids don’t do what you ask? Parenting coach Christine Carter offers a nag-free alternative: the h-word. Watch.

“I hate you!””
“When somebody says something so hurtful, your response is going to be… ‘I hate you, too,’” says “Raising Happiness” author Christine Carter. But whatever you do, don’t go there, she adds. Take this approach, instead. Watch.

Voice America Radio: Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life with Kate Ebner
“Raising Happy, Resilient Kids with the Help of Sociologist and Happiness Expert Dr. Christine Carter” Listen.

Real Simple
“How to Raise a Positive Thinker”
It’s not just about a sunny disposition. Positive thinking helps kids weather life’s storms. Happily, the experts are here to brighten your child’s outlook. Read.

Scouting Magazine
Expert advice on how to unleash your child’s imagination”
Every child is wired to be creative. Dr. Christine Carter provides strategies to help children unleash their natural creativity. Read.

Richmond Times Dispatch
Life Notes: Raising happy children”
A recent survey of moms from around the world asked them to choose one of three wishes for their children’s lives: wealth, success or happiness. Read.
Boulder’s Friends’ School celebrates 25th with gratitude project”
The Friends’ School celebrates its 25th with a year-long gratitude project, and Dr. Carter launches the event with a keynote speech. Read.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Dr. Christine Carter Tells Us How”
As the 80s hit goes, “everybody’s working for the weekend” and now, thanks to a recent Hampton Hotels survey, we know why. Read.

89.3 KPCC, Southern California Public Radio
AirTalk with Larry Mantle
Should children, as part of their development, be left to develop their own sense of intuition when dealing with adults and other people?

New York Family
“Happiness Expert Dr. Christine Carter On Finding Ways To Make Family Life More Joyful”
Is it really possible to teach our families how to be happy? According to certified happiness expert Dr. Christine Carter, happiness is a learned skill and, if practiced properly, it can lead to great success in life. Read.

“7 Ways to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues”

Learn how to spot changes in your child’s moods to help him feel better after the holidays are over. Read.

Deseret News
“Study: Marital conflict affects kids; not all conflict has negative effects”

Not all marital conflict is bad, experts say. While destructive conflict between parents has long-lasting, negative effects on children, if handled constructively, children cultivate a sense of security and view conflict in a positive light, according to a new study published in the Journal of Child Development.


“10 Secrets of Happy Moms”

We live in a world where moms are constantly questioning themselves, wondering whether it’s possible to ever be good enough, having to listen to the media telling us it’s unrealistic for us to want to have it all. Read.

USA Today

“Post-grad woes turn old homes new again”

The challenges for today’s college grads returning home. Read.

“5 Ways to Motivate Kids to Do Chores”

Don’t let your kids drag their feet about doing household chores. Instead, inspire them to make the dull routines enjoyable and entertaining. Read.


Talk Radio One
Hosted by Steven Spierer

Steve interviews Dr. Christine Carter, author of ‘Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents’.
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Spirituality & Health
“Just Say Yes”

“Your brain operates in a really different way when you perceive resistance or are resisting. When you’re positive or expecting a yes, your field of vision is actually larger.” – Dr. Christine Carter
To read more, click here.


KQED; California Report
“Chasing the Work-Life Balance”

According to the Sloan Work and Family Research Network, almost two-thirds of California households with school-aged kids have both parents working outside the home. But striking the balance is an issue all families grapple with. Balancing work and family is a huge subject that takes the proverbial village.
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S.F. Chronicle
“Jessica Aguirre’s ‘Class Action’: look at schools”



Vicky and Jen Radio
“Happiness: Live Life Fully”

This is a show about how to NOT be an over-achieving, tightly-wound, bossy and stressed perfectionist. Dr. Christine Carter, happiness expert, joins us in a optimistic chat about perspective, healthy lifestyle behaviors, achieving goals and coping with stress.
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The Faith Middleton Show

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OPB Think Out Loud
“All About Gratitude”

I’ve heard a lot of people say how grateful they are for their children, but I could never truly appreciate this until our daughter was born. It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced, literally beyond my ability to adequately express. And I can hardly believe we get to bring another child into the world — appropriately, right around Thanksgiving day
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The Huffington Post
“Say Good Bye to Stress for Good”

“Recounting stressful events actually makes us — and our bodies — stressed.”


KQED, Forum with Michael Krasny
“Are Women Becoming Unhappier?”

“Over recent decades, women have been becoming unhappier while men’s happiness has increased. That’s according to data from the General Social Survey which has tracked Americans’ moods since 1972. What are the possible causes?” Listen.

The Chicago Tribune
“Young and American, but not necessarily happy”

“More than 40 percent of U.S. youth said they don’t consider themselves happy,” says Dr. Christine Carter.

The Washington Post
“What’s so Bad About American Parents, Anyway?”

“What we need parenting to be for is not achievement first, then happiness — but happiness first” – Dr. Christine Carter

Bay Area Parent Magazine
“Parental Temper Tantrums”

Why yelling at your kids doesn’t work, and how to stop.

Good Housekeeping
“When Bad Friends Happen to Good Kids”

“Kids count on their parents to have high standards for their friendships.” – Dr. Christine Carter

The Charlotte Observer
“Teach Children the Joy of Giving All Year”

“All year long, there are plenty of ways to nurture your child’s giving heart – just for the joy of it. Look around, see the needs of others and help your family fill them.

SF Chronicle
“Greater Good Science Center’s key to happy holidays”

Anyone can get through the toughest holiday times with not just a smile on his face, but real warmth in his heart.
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The Huffington Post
“Chinese Mothers Controversy: Why Amy Chua Is Wrong About Parenting”

The media is abuzz about Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Chua argues that “Chinese” mothers “are superior” because they demand absolute perfection and won’t refrain from berating, threatening, and even starving their kids until they’re satisfied.

The Charlotte Observer
“Teaching children empathy”

To teach children to be more empathetic and less self-absorbed, keep the giving spirit of the holidays going all year.

San Diego Parent
“Choosing Gratitude for our Children this Thanksgiving”

“The day-in, day-out job of parenting is far from romantic. But if you’ve ever watched a toddler chase a butterfly or been asked, ‘Will I need my clothes in heaven?’ then you also know happiness can wash over you in little moments here and there.”

“Raising Children Who Practice Happiness”

“The most important factor in raising happy children is for parents to be happy.” – Dr. Christine Carter
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The Mother Company
“Battling Entitlement”

“The way to counter entitlement is by teaching kids how to express their gratitude.” – Dr. Christine Carter

Whole Living
“How to Spend Your Time the Way You Want To”

“Managing our time is this generation’s biggest challenge. Busyness can’t be equated with importance or meaning, and it certainly can’t be conflated with happiness. The sooner we recognize that the happier we’ll be.” – Dr. Christine Carter

Women’s Health
“How to Be Brave And Unmask Your Inner Hero”

Researchers are learning why some people act bravely in emergencies and others stand by and watch. Here’s how to be sure you’re in the cape-wearing camp.

“4 Health Perks of a Pet”

“WARNING: Your kids could use this information against you. But getting a pet has upsides that may cancel out vet bills and muddy paws, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist and the author of Raising Happiness.”

Houston Chronicle
“In the face of danger, would you be a hero?”

When danger finds us, we have three choices: We can freeze. We can run. Or we can fight.

Lamorinda Weekly
“The Science of Happiness”

At the University of California, Berkeley, happiness is such an important topic, there’s an entire department devoted to studying it: the Greater Good Science Center.

The Seattle Times
“It’s a good time to feel better”

Smile and you’ll make the world a better place. Really, researchers find that happy people are more successful and effective people and that we can learn how to be happy.

LA Times
“Family changes affect holiday get-togethers: How to cope”

If you can be flexible and adapt, the family bonds can grow even stronger.

Carolina Parent
“The Secret to Happiness: It’s No Secret”

Smile and the world smiles back at you, the saying goes, and now a growing body of research supports the theory that positive attitudes and behaviors not only improve your sense of satisfaction with the world, but also have concrete and measurable effects on your health and well-being.

“Learning Joy”

scene Christine Carter on what it takes for kids—and their parents—to get happy, and why we should.

San Francisco Chronicle Magazine
“Cultivating Happiness: Will positive psychology and gratitude intervention teach our kids how to be happy?”

magThree good things, possibly more, happened to 6-year-old Fiona McLaughlin one fall day, and at dinner that night she took a deep breath and recounted them.

“9 Strategies for Nurturing Special Siblings”

Understanding the challenges and triumphs of siblings of special needs children.



“Back to School”

Tips for Transition from Summer to Fall: Having fun back-to-school traditions and rituals help children look forward to that first day of school.


“How Gratitude Can Help Your Kids Manage Money”

When it comes to teaching kids about money, we often think in terms of earning and saving, but how about giving thanks? Cultivating a sense of gratitude can go a long way toward helping kids be better managers of their finances.


Mindset Works

“Coping Under Pressure”

“When we’re squeezed for time and resources, here’s another thing that gets squeezed: our happiness, and our ability to raise happy children.” – Dr. Christine Carter


Spirituality & Health

“Just Say Yes”

“Your brain operates in a really different way when you perceive resistance or are resisting. When you’re positive or expecting a yes, your field of vision is actually larger.” – Dr. Christine Carter


Adventure Dad

“4 Trips Every Dad Must Take”

“[By taking these trips] You’ll get to know your child in a new way” – Dr. Christine Carter


The Mother Company

“Can You Say ‘I Love You’ Too Often?”

How necessary is saying the phrase, if our actions are consistent and loving?


Kaiser Permanente – Center for Total Health Blog

“Service and Health: A Q&A with Christine Carter, Ph.D”

Taking time to serve a community or individual in need makes us feel good. But is there any correlation between acts of kindness and our health?


KQED – State of Health

“Work-Life Balance: Tips and Empathy”

There’s no question lots of structural work needs to be done, but what changes can you make in your home? Christine Carter, sociologist and author of Raising Happiness, says start by zeroing in on the problem spots and bad routines.


“9 Reasons to Let Your Kids Lose”

Research tells us that losing games is good for children, and helps them develop into empathetic, well-adjusted people.


School Family

“For Busy Parents: How to Live Life Fully in the New Year”

Imagine you’ve just been told that you have less than 6 months to live. What do you need to do? 
Who do you need to talk to?
Where do you need to visit?
 How will you spend your remaining time?


Berkeley Patch

“Making New Year’s Resolutions as a Family”

Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center says resolutions can be fun, and productive, for parents and kids


School Family

“Gratitude vs. Materialism: Holiday Happiness is Simpler than You Might Think”

“Gratitude can stave off the emotional dangers of the December holidays.” – Dr. Christine Carter


“New Year’s Resolutions: Getting Kids To Follow Through”

“Letting kids give input where they can is essential in preserving their autonomy, and the more independent they feel, the more motivated they will be.” – Dr. Christine Carter


Parenting Bookmark

“The Snowball Effect: When Laziness Can Trump Ambition”

“Starting small can have very big effects. When we start doing one small thing that takes some willpower, it will have an effect on other things we’d like to change.” Read.

Modern Mom

“Why Kids NEED Happy Parents”

Dr. Christine Carter is interviewed on why one of the best thing parents can do for their kids is to be happy. Read.

“Should You Give Kids Rewards?”

While motivating children with incentives of money, toys or even a special activity can be very effective, some experts believe this prevents youngsters from developing their own sense of responsibility. Read.

AM New York

“‘Chinese mom’ sparks heated parenting debate”

“Author Amy Chua, 48, has sparked a firestorm with her memoir Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother in which she trumpets the superiority of a strict Chinese upbringing that includes no playdates, no TV or computer games, no grades lower than an A and mandatory piano or violin lessons.” Read.

“8 Ways to Help Kids Make New Year’s Resolutions”

“New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for adults! Here are simple and practical ways to help your growing kids make New Year’s resolutions.” Read.

LA Times Blog

“Her gift to her 90-year-old dad: a trip to the strip club”

Creating memories is wonderful, even if some of the people involved end up forgetting the experience by the next day. Read.

“Eureka! : Books worth your while”

Happiness, it turns out, can be learned. At least that’s what science increasingly reveals, and Christine Carter should know.

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“How to keep toddlers (and you) happy over the holidays”

“This time of year presents the opportunity and challenge of finding fun creative things to do with little ones who may be home from preschool or other childcare during the holidays. What better place to be for the holidays than right here in our wonderful city?”

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UC Berkeley News Center

“Teaching kids gratitude instead of entitlement”

Drawing from research and personal experience, Christine Carter shares insights on how practicing gratitude, not just at Thanksgiving but year-round, can make for happier families.

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“Advice for Parents and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren”

“Grandparents can help their grandchildren become happier, more responsible adults by utilizing ten positive psychology interventions in their relationships.”


“How to be a Happy Mama”

When I came across Dr. Christine Carter’s pledge for 100,000 Happier Parents by July 1, 2011. I thought, great idea, but what’s that going to do? Just because we sign a pledge to be a happier parent, will we be?

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Parent Map

“Happy Much?”

What’s the best way to raise happy kids? Dr. Christine Carter offers 10 simple things parents can do to up their kids’ happy factor in Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents.

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“Passing on the Lessons of Thankfulness”

“Raising happy kids and being happy parents is not just an art. It’s a science.”

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“Parenting Help & Advice For Parents From Positive Psychology”

“Positive psychology’s research studies into human well-being provide scientifically proven techniques which can be adapted for the needs of new parents.”

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“Useful books for successful parenting”

“Parenting is often called the hardest job in the world. Everyone has their own parenting approach and ideas about how they want to raise their child, but when all else fails, good parenting books can offer ideas, guidance and support to help make the job a little easier. ”

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USA Today

“Moms make online bonds of parenthood in listservs”

“It takes a village to raise children, and Sarah Carzoli’s is a big one. It stretches from her home in Crystal Lake, Ill., to Australia, Paris, London, Canada, Israel and Milwaukee.”

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Working Mother

“Family Focus- Really Happy Kids”

“Kids are supposed to be carefree, happy beings, right? So to bring about bliss, we share hugs and kisses, marvel at their talents and offer toys and treats—all good things”

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Bing Times Online, Stanford University

“Learning & the Brain Conference”

“Discoveries about how brain development affects learning have much to offer teachers. This February, head teacher Kitti Pecka and I were among the many educators, researchers and clinicians attending a conference on this subject in San Francisco.”

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Lifetime Moms

“New Book, Raising Happiness: Are people born to be happy- or raised that way?”

“From first glance at those pink lines, we strive to give our kids every possible advantage and competitive edge. We take the vitamins, do the pre-natal Yoga, and hang those black and white mobiles over newborn cribs to fire up those little neurons.

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UC Berkeley News

“Blog on raising happy kids wins national award”

“BERKELEY — Christine Carter, director of the Greater Good Parents program at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, has won the Council on Contemporary Families’ 2010 Award for Online Coverage of Family Issues for her Half Full: Science for Raising Happy Kids website.”


“Berkeley “Happy Kids” blog wins national award”

“A blog on raising happy kids by Christine Carter, executive director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center has won the Council on Contemporary Families’ 2010 Award for Online Coverage of Family Issues.”

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Northwest Herald, Everyday Mom Blog

“Happy Spring”

“An afternoon spent outside. Tired, but a good, fresh-air sort of tired at the end of the day. Warm baths. Bedtime stories. And deep sleeps. I thought of this as I read some of the concepts behind the book, “Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents.””

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KQED Forum with Michael Krasny
“Are Women Becoming Unhappier?”
Over recent decades, women have been becoming unhappier while men’s happiness has increased. That’s according to data from the General Social Survey which has tracked Americans’ moods since 1972. What are the possible causes?





The New York Times
“Raising Happy, Imperfect, Children”
“The conversation about Amy Chua’s praise of what she dubs ‘Chinese’ parenting continues.”
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