People often underestimate how much they need to make a difference in OTHER people’s lives in order to be happy. But when we find our particular way to make others happier, we find our own little nirvana.
When I was in high school, my advisor, Michael Mulligan, called my parents to recommend a special treatment for my anxiety: Transcendental Meditation (“TM”). I was a high-achieving perfectionist so anxious, at times, that I had stress-induced asthma. Mr. Mulligan was not then, and is not now, a new-age spiritual seeker. He is a dyed-in-the-wool New […]
Want to know what my best happiness advice is? It’s all here! I had the opportunity to fill in for someone who couldn’t make it last minute at TEDx ThacherSchool. It was SO fun; I got to say whatever I wanted. This is basically me giving advice to my teenage self. Here’s the TEDx video description:
Christine Carter studies human happiness — and what holds us back from living our most joyful lives. In a personal, eyebrow-raising talk, she shares the surprising secret to feeling fulfilled. This is a talk to share with anyone addicted to social media.”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]