Finding happiness and a better work-life balance are goals many people today strive for—with limited success. Combining scientific research and practical application, Dr. Christine Carter offers audiences not just a way to cope with modern pressures, but a way to truly thrive. Speaking to executives, general audiences, and working parents Dr. Carter looks at living life from our “sweet spot”—that place of both power and ease.

A sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Dr. Christine Carter is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work. Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on The Huffington Post, PsychologyToday.com, and several other websites.

Dr. Carter is a sought-after keynote speaker, “translating” psychology, sociology, and neuroscience into simple start-here strategies. Using anecdotes from her own chaotic, and often hilarious, real-world adventures—as a working mother with 4 kids—Dr. Carter brings lab science alive in talks that have been called “transformative,” “life-changing” and “phenomenal.”

To schedule Dr. Christine Carter for a speaking engagement:

School and community organizations, please contact Marielle Reading (510-550-5250).

Corporate clients, please contact Josh White (617-614-1648).

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How to Achieve More by Doing Less

Presenting the latest research on positivity, productivity, and elite performance, Christine Carter, PhD, demonstrates a sweet paradox: by doing less we can actually accomplish more.

Vividly rendering intriguing research and lively anecdotal evidence (including her own backstory), Carter offers a practical game plan for mitigating stress and working with our brain’s innate hardwiring to increase productivity, balance, and ultimately, success. She’ll discuss:

• Why it’s important to vanquish messages that more is better and that being busy is good—and how our bodies and brains respond when faced with feelings of scarcity;

• Easy-to-implement strategies to harness the power of our unconscious—so that our habits shoulder burdens we previously relied on willpower for;

• How to improve our ratio of positive to negative emotions (which studies say should optimally be at least 3:1)—and why this is important if we are to fulfill our potential;

• Why staring into space (and other “unproductive” time) leads to creativity, insight, and ease;

• How to reduce feelings of overwhelm while increasing productivity and the sense that there is enough time to enjoy the life you’ve worked so hard to create.

Resiliency Through Change: Leadership Essentials

What do resilient people have that others don’t? What makes some people fear failure and hide their mistakes, while others embrace their blunders as opportunities to learn and do better the next time? New social science and brain research shows us how we can live and work from our “sweet spot” — that place of both power and ease.

Dr. Carter will transform the way you think about stress, adversity, and busyness. In this program she shares three simple practices for fostering resilience–-all rooted in the latest scientific research. She’ll discuss:

  • A one-minute technique to become a creative and energetic problem-solver in the midst of a stressful day, week, or year.
  • Why our beliefs about why we are successful (or not) predict how well we fare in the face of adversity.
  • A simple but counter-intutitive technique that will make you feel more connected, powerful, productive, successful, and happy.

How to be Courageous

What do courageous people have that timid people don’t? What makes one person brave adversity, while others give up? New social science and brain research indicates that courage is better thought of as a skill anyone can develop than an in-born personality trait.

In this program she shares practices for facing fear with courage, inspiration, and grit–rooted in the latest scientific research. She’ll discuss:

  • The relationship between grit, courage, heroism and vulnerability. (Hint: It’s a big fat myth that vulnerability = weakness.)
  • Why what we believe about our own talent predicts how well we fare in the face of adversity–and why you might want to change your beliefs.
  • How to recover from mistakes and setbacks in a way that will make you more powerful, productive, successful, and happy than before.

Other  topics include:

  • Three Happiness Mistakes People Make — and How to Avoid Them
  • The Three Most Important Skills for a Life Well-Lived
  • Raising Happiness: Tips for Kids Who Are Grateful, Gritty, and Successful

Read what people are saying about Dr. Carter’s speaking events.

Use Dr. Carter’s visit to create a happiness movement within your community! Read about the Friends’ School “gratitude project” which they launched with Dr. Carter’s visit and keynote speech.

To schedule Dr. Christine Carter for a speaking engagement:

Schools, Communities and Church Organizations:
Please contact Marielle Reading at (510) 550-5250.

Corporate Clients:
Please contact Josh White at (617) 614-1648.

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