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Christine  Carter

Christine Carter

Sociologist & Happiness Expert


A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Dr. Christine Carter, Ph.D is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work (January 2015) and Raising Happiness (2011). Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on The Huffington Post, PsychologyToday.com and several other websites. Read More >

A sought-after inspirational keynote speaker, Dr. Carter loves to share her work with new audiences. 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. Carter offers audiences not just a way to cope with modern pressures, but creative ways 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. Using anecdotes from her own chaotic, and often hilarious, real-world adventures — as a working mother with 4 kids and 3 jobs — she brings lab science alive in talks that have been called “transformative,” "creative," “life-changing," "inspirational" and “phenomenal.”

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.

Dr. Carter 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, Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Real Simple, Redbook, and dozens of other publications. She 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, Fox Business News, PBS, as well as NPR and BBC Radio. Read Less ^

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

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

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. Read Less ^

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. Read More >

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: Read Less ^

  • 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.

The Power of Mindfulness

How can we create more harmony and productivity in our homes and workplaces while reducing stress and increasing health? The answer is mindfulness. Part of what Dr. Christine Carter calls the “Happiness Holy Grail,” mindfulness is not necessarily a lack of emotion or a state of total calm or altered consciousness. Instead, it is often a running conversation with ourselves, what mindfulness scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn defines as the “awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experiences moment by moment.” In this empowering keynote, Dr. Carter shares the many benefits of mindfulness. She explores how we can use its practices to become happier, more productive co-workers, teams, managers, parents and spouses, especially when dealing with stressful situations, challenging people or a serious illness.

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. Read More >

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: Read Less ^

  • 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.

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Raising Happiness: Tips for Kids Who Are Grateful, Gritty & Successful