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Christine Carter, PhD, is a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, an interdisciplinary research unit that studies the psychology, sociology and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills for a thriving, resilient and compassionate society. Best known for her science-based parenting advice, Dr. Carter follows the scientific literature to understand ways that we can teach children skills for happiness, emotional intelligence, and resilience. She is the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents and she has a private consulting practice helping families and schools structure children’s lives for happiness, meaning, and ultimately, success.

Dr. Carter writes a blog for the Greater Good science Center which offers parents science-based tips for fostering well-being in children. Her parent-to-parent tone and humorous, tell-all approach make scientific research accessible and fun for parents and teachers. In 2010 she received an award from the Council on Contemporary Families for her outstanding science- based reporting on family issues.

After receiving her BA 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. Her first book, The Other Side of Silence , is one of the most frequently stolen books out of university libraries. Dr. Carter has been quoted in Working Mother, American Baby and Parenting magazines, the Boston Globe, the New York Times and dozens of other publications. Her blog is syndicated on Psychology Today, the Huffington Post and other websites. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Rachel Ray Morning Show, and NPR, and is a regular on ABC’s View from the Bay. Carter loves to speak to parents, grandparents, and teachers; she has been a key-note speaker at Harvard and numerous other schools and professional groups.

She has two children and lives with her family near San Francisco.

Audio

  • "Raising Happiness" with Christine Carter

    Simple Tips for a More Joyful Family

    Drawing on what science tells us about the factors that breed happiness in childhood and beyond, Dr. Christine Carter teaches us simple seeds we can sow in our children’s lives that set the stage for their optimism, emotional health, and confidence—while helping us become happier parents at the same time!

    • Teleseminars
    • 2010-05-12
    • 00:59:11

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