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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 happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Dr. Christine Carter is the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents and the inspiring upcoming book The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work, to be published in January 2015. 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 and 3 jobs—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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Example Topics

The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home

Christine Carter will transform your organization by changing how people think about happiness, productivity, and fulfilling their own potential.

This talk is a multi-media crash course in the neuroscience behind happiness, productivity, creativity, and success. Participants learn how and why stress reduces productivity in organizations and several — surprisingly easy and shockingly impactful — ways to reduce feelings of overwhelm and increase a sense of balance.

Although this talk is most popular as a keynote speech for large audiences, Dr. Carter has also created full- and half-day trainings so that organizations can dive more deeply into the principles and practices she teaches. Participants leave with simple but powerful tools for becoming more innovative, productive, and joyful both at work and at home.

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.

Dr. Carter will transform the way you think about change and adversity. In this program she shares three simple (but not always easy) 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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