Happiness Tip: Take Time to Rest

When the holiday season is underway, rest is key.

This may be “the happiest time of year” for some, but if it isn’t for you, I think it’s at least in part because we get so darn tired. Let this be your friendly reminder to actually take time to rest between now and January 2nd. I used to find it hard to rest at […]

My Best Happiness Advice

If I could only pick three things to teach my children, this is what I would choose.

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I’ve made a lot of happiness mistakes. I know you will make some of those same mistakes. But there are certain things I’ve finally learned that I hope you learn earlier than I did. For starters, the best way to be happy is to make kindness the central theme in your life. Usually we think […]

How to Buy Happiness

Holiday gift ideas to help you buy happiness.

Even though we say we can’t buy happiness, we often behave as though we can. Why else would we spend so much time shopping? What if I told you that you actually can buy happiness, for yourself, or for someone else? Well, you can! Here’s how. For starters, remember that there is a huge difference […]

Happiness Tip: Go Easy on Yourself

Why self-criticism doesn't work.

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Fun fact: Most people are starting to falter at their New Year’s Resolutions by now. If you are anything like me, setbacks, lapses, and mistakes can come with a fair amount of self-flagellation. Somehow I think that if I’m really hard on myself, I’ll be less likely to make the same mistake again, or I’ll […]

Happiness Tip: Trade Expectations for Gratitude

Recover from disappointment by noticing what's really going on in your life.

Happiness Tip - Trade Expectations for Gratitude - Christine Carter

Feeling frustrated or disappointed? It isn’t that we shouldn’t have high expectations, or that we shouldn’t feel hurt when someone lets us down. But one of the best ways to recover from disappointment is to notice what actually is going well in our lives. Gratitude is one of the most powerful positive emotions we have — we have reams of […]

Happiness Tip: Just Eat

The important practice of eating mindfully.

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I know, I know — you’re thinking this happiness tip is pretty bogus. I mean, who doesn’t feel happier when they eat? Am I really advocating food-as-joy? Maybe: It’s all in how food is consumed. How often do you eat breakfast standing up or in the car? Do you eat lunch in front of your […]

My Best Happiness Advice (Video)

If I could only pick 3 things to teach my children...

My Best Happiness Advice - Christine Carter

I’ve made a lot of happiness mistakes. I know you will make some of those same mistakes. But there are certain things I’ve finally learned that I hope you learn earlier than I did. For starters, the best way to be happy is to make kindness the central theme in your life. Usually we think […]

Break Yourself Off a Piece of Happiness

Talking with Snapchat about 5 quick (and free) things people can do to find more happiness today.

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To celebrate the International Day of Happiness this past Friday, I participated in an interview with Snapchat Stories. Enjoy! Snapchat: What’s one of the biggest myths about happiness? CC: We think that happiness is a personality trait, when really it is better thought of as a skill, or a set of skills that we can […]

Happiness Tip: Find a Manifesto (Free Download)

A list of phrases and pieces of advice that captured my thoughts.

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Before I wrote The Sweet Spot, I needed a manifesto — something to organize my passion for the project. I started keeping lists of phrases and pieces of advice that captured my thoughts. When I was done writing the book, it was fun to go back and look at all the little lists and edit them down […]

Happiness Tip: Establish a Tiny Habit

How to inch your way towards your bigger resolutions.

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Do you have resolutions you’d like to make this week? Maybe you’d like to read or workout more, or remember to call your mom on Mondays. My best advice is to start by picking just one ridiculously easy habit to work on. Start with what Stanford habit researcher BJ Fogg calls a “tiny habit.” The […]