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Christine Carter, Ph.D.

Sociologist and leading happiness expert, author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work

  • About Christine Carter, Ph.D.

    A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Dr. Christine Carter is the author of the inspiring book The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work and the previous Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on The Huffington Post,, and several other websites.

    Dr. Carter is a sought-after keynote speaker, “translating” psychology, sociology, and neuroscience into simple start-here strategies. Using anecdotes from her own chaotic, and often hilarious, real-world adventures—as a working mother with 4 kids and 3 jobs—Dr. Carter brings lab science alive in talks that have been called “transformative,” “life-changing” 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 masters and 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, as well as Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Fitness, Redbook, and dozens of other publications. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, the Today show, Rachael Ray, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, and PBS, as well as NPR and BBC Radio.

  • Speaking Topics

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

    Dr. Christine Carter transforms organizations with this talk by changing how people think about fulfilling their own potential. A multi-media crash course in the neuroscience behind happiness, creativity, and success, this lecture shows participants how and why stress reduces productivity, and gives individuals and organizations practical steps for instantly improving work-life balance. Participants leave with simple but powerful tools for becoming more innovative, productive, and joyful both at work and at home.

    Although popular as a keynote speech for large audiences, Dr. Carter has created full- and half-day trainings so that organizations can dive more deeply into the principles and practices she teaches.

    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? In this talk Dr. Carter discusses simple practices for fostering resilience—all rooted in the latest scientific research.

    How to be Courageous

    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 rather than an in-born personality trait. In this talk Dr. Carter shares simple (but not always easy) practices for facing change with courage, inspiration, and grit.

    Other topics include

    • Three Happiness Mistakes People Make—and How to Avoid Them
    • The Three Most Important Skills for a Life Well-Lived
    • Raising Happiness: Tips for Kids Who Are Grateful, Gritty, and Successful

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  • Praise for Christine Carter, Ph.D.


    Dr. Carter’s presentation in Denver was VERY well received. I’ve been flooded with emails this morning praising her. She’s truly a dynamic individual and we (and the 30 schools that we had represented) were thrilled she came to Denver. Thanks again!

    Graland Country Day School

    Christine translated years of sociology research into pragmatic frameworks on how to grow meaningful relationships in our life. She exceeded my expectations and delivered material that I use both in professional life as a leadership coach and in my personal life.

    KVA Leadership, Sausalito, California

    Dr. Carter brought the house down, got a standing ovation, and made us HAPPY. Beautiful evening.

    CLIMB, Wyoming

    Praise for Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents

    This is THE parenting book. This is the one to read over and over. So much wisdom and empathy, all based in real science. My children owe Christine Carter big time.

    Kelly Corrigan, author, The Middle Place

    Praise for The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work

    THE SWEET SPOT has inspired me to make immediate changes that have increased my productivity and lowered my stress. I’ve also shared Dr. Carter’s research-backed ideas with my executive coaching clients—men and women eager to up their game—and I know it will help them manage their teams to better results, too.

    Dan Mulhern, Executive Coach, President of Granholm Mulhern Associates

    Timely, lively, and vital... The Sweet Spot is useful immediately and a must read. Carter gets to the heart of how to pursue happiness in a busy world, without sacrificing excellence. This book spoke to me.

    Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage

    In this compelling and practical book, you will learn not only the latest research about how to wire your brain and body for your sweet spot, you will learn exactly how to use this information right now to create a much sweeter life!

    Christiane Northrup, M.D.

    I sat down to read Christine Carter’s The Sweet Spot on a particularly busy day, and oddly found that as I read, I could see a better way through obligations. In other words, this book did something I thought was impossible: it seemed to give me more time. In this age of overstuffed schedules, that’s about as good as self-help advice can get. Thank you, Christine!

    Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World and Expecting Adam
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