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Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Achieve More by Doing Less (2017) and Raising Happiness (2011).Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Achieve More by Doing Less (2017) and Raising Happiness (2011). She is a sociologist and Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, where she draws on scientific research to help people lead their most courageous, joyful, meaningful, and authentic lives.

After receiving her B.A. from Dartmouth College, where she was a Senior Fellow, Dr. Carter worked in marketing management and school administration, going on to receive her Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley.

A sought-after keynote speaker, Dr. Carter loves to share her work in person. Combining scientific research and practical application, she offers audiences not only a way to cope with modern pressures, but tactics to truly thrive. Dr. Carter looks at living life from the “sweet spot”—that place of both power and ease.

Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, Brave Over Perfect, and is a contributor to US News & World Report online. Her work is syndicated on Greater Good, the Huffington Post, PsychologyToday.com, and several other websites. Her work has earned her two nominations from the American Sociological Association for public sociology and an award from the Council on Contemporary Families.

Dr. Carter 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. She 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, The Wall Street Journal, as well as Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Men’s Health, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Fitness, Redbook, and dozens of other publications.

She  lives with her husband, four teenagers, and dog, Buster, in Marin County, California.

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Television Appearances

Dr. Christine Carter, Dr. Oz: Happiness Boosters

The Dr. Oz Show
Happiness Boosters

PBS Newshour
“What makes us happy?”

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Tiger Mothering


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Press Appearances

The Journal Times
‘The Sweet Spot’: Author Says Get Out of the ‘Busy-ness Trap
Carter’s efforts to give up her overworked, multitasking ways lie at the heart of her new book. “The Sweet Spot” offers practical advice on how people can make small but important changes in their daily lives so they can enjoy more balance at home and work. ⇒ Read More

NY Magazine,The Science of Us
Put the Boring Things In Life on Autopilot
In a conversation about her new book, The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work, Carter discusses her spin on what social scientists call decision fatigue, the idea that you lose a little bit of your willpower with each decision you make throughout the day, which means you make worse and worse choices as the day drags on. ⇒ Read More

Fast Company
How to Achieve More by Doing Less
Chaining yourself to your desk isn’t the way to squeeze our more brilliant ideas. How to find a way to do less and get more from your day. ⇒ Read More

The NY Times
The One Word Resolution
I want to find what Christine Carter calls “the sweet spot” in her forthcoming book of the same name: that place where home and work are just satisfying and challenging enough. (Fans of “Overwhelmed,” “Happier at Home” or “Maxed Out” will appreciate “The Sweet Spot,” which comes out in just a few days. I did.) ⇒ Read More

San Jose Mercury News
Work-Life Balance: Busy is Never Better
[Carter] found plenty of scientifically based strategies while revisiting all the research on well-being and elite performance she had studied over the years. Much of the research challenges contemporary attitudes that busy people are successful, important or productive. Only 17 percent of adults in our “pressure cooker” society are said to be fulfilling their potential for happiness, success and productivity, Carter says. ⇒ Read More

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 More

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

Kids in the House
How to Raise Happy Kids
Christine Carter, PhD Sociologist and Happiness Expert, shares advice for parents on the skills can help teach their children to be happy in life. ⇒ Watch

State of Health
Searching for Happiness? Look for Meaning, Not Money
If you’re one of those people looking, you should know that finding happiness doesn’t mean you have to be cheerful and upbeat all the time. There’s more than one way to get there. Experts say even pessimists can be happy. ⇒ Read More

How to Stop Resenting Your Spouse
5 steps to regaining your relationship after the birth of your child. ⇒ Read More

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 More

The New York Times
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 More

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

Fitness Magazine
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 More

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. ⇒ Listen | ⇒ Read More

Whole Living Magazine
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. ⇒ Read More

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