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Christine Carter, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, and coach dedicated to redesigning the way we work—so that we can lead our most joyful, productive, and fulfilling lives. She’s a leader at BetterUp, where she designs one-to-many coaching experiences that drive transformation for people, teams, and organizations. 

As a sociologist, she’s sought to inspire large-scale, systemic change in our most common and influential social structures: corporations, families, and schools. She has a particular interest in how cultures and institutions foster certain behaviors, beliefs, and emotions while inhibiting others. Her books include The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction (2020), The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less (2017) and Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents (2011).

Dr. Christine Carter has been featured in:

Television Appearances

Dr. Christine Carter, Dr. Oz: Happiness Boosters

The Dr. Oz Show
Simple Happiness Boosters

PBS Newshour
What makes us happy?

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart | Christine Carter
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Tiger Mothering

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