Complete with “try this," science-made-simple tips, scripts, and strategies, Raising Happiness is a one-of-a-kind resource that will help you instill joy in your kids, and, in the process, become more joyful yourself.
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What Do We Wish Most for Our Children?

Next to being healthy, we want them to be happy, of course. Fortunately, a wide array of scientific studies show that happiness is a learned behavior, a muscle that we can help our children build and maintain. Drawing on what psychology, sociology, and neuroscience have proven about confidence, gratefulness, and optimism, and using her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures as a mom to demonstrate do’s and dont’s in action Christine Carter boils the process down to 10 simple, happiness-inducing steps.

With great wit, wisdom, and compassion, Carter covers the day to day pressure points of parenting—how best to discipline, get to school and activities on time, and get dinner on the table—as well as the more 

  • The best way to avoid raising a brat—changing bad habits into good ones
  • Tips on how to change your kids' attitude into gratitude.
  • The trap of trying t obe perfect—and how to stay clear of its pitfalls
  • The right way to raise kids—and why too much of the wrong kind can be just as bad as not enough
  • The spirit of kindnessh—ow to raise kind, compassionate, and loving children
  • Strategies for inspiring kids to do boring (but necessary) tasks and become more self-motivated in the process
"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 of The Middle Place
 Raising Happiness is an elegant, funny, and rigorous handbook for the humbling task of raising joyful children. Brimming with brilliantly distilled science, poignant stories from her family, and what parents so urgently seek — clear, practical, and informed guidance — it is an encyclopedia of wisdom for raising children in today’s multitasking, multimedia world. Christine Carter offers thoughtful approaches to raising more grateful, playful, mindful children and she provides practical tips for how to handle the conflicts of siblings, the challenges of the new media, and countering the pressures of perfectionism and materialism. In reading this engaging book, you are very likely to find yourself a bit happier as well.”

- Dacher Keltner, Founder & Faculty Director, Greater Good Science Center
Raising Happiness is for Parents Who...

Parent Coach | Sociologist | Happiness Expert | Mom

CHRISTINE CARTER, PhD is a sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. The author of best-selling books The Sweet Spot and Raising Happiness, Carter draws on what psychology, sociology, and neuroscience teach us about confidence, gratefulness, and optimism in children. IUsing her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures as a mom to demonstrate do's and dont's in action, Carter will teach you how to raise more joyful kids and be happier yourself.

 A sought-after keynote speaker and executive coach, she also writes an award-winning blog, which is frequently syndicated on Huffington Post, Greater Good, US News & World Report,,, and several other websites.

Learn how to instill positive behaviors in kids such as self-motivation, emotional intelligence, and grit. increase family connections, gratitude, and overall well-being. 
“The learning curve for all parents is in failure analysis—where and how we went off course—and how we can do better the next go round. Enter Raising Happiness, a compendium of ideas and suggestions on how to do better and how to increase happiness and joy in all families. Read it, enjoy, and most importantly, put it into practice.”
- Mike Riera, Ph.D., author of Field Guide to the American Teenager

elusive issues of helping kids build healthy friendships and develop emotional intelligence. In these 10 key steps, she helps you interact confidently and consistently with your kids to foster the skills, habits, and mindsets that will set the stage for positive emotions now and into their adolescence and beyond. Inside you will discover:

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Learn how to replace bad habits (yelling, nagging, bickering) with simple strategies for greater peace, gratitude, and mindfulness. 
Learn how to reach your children the critical skills they need for resilience in the face fo channenge, difficulty, and family change. Even when life is hard, kids can still be succsessful and happy at school and at home. 
Join thousands of parents who have experienced a dramatically positive shift in their household because of the easy techniques taught in Raising Happiness. 
"Words cannot convey how grateful I am to have discovered Dr. Carter. Her book and online classes have changed my life in so many meaningful and positive ways... My family and I are so much happier and healthier because of it."

- Melanie, Mother of two
"Since giving birth to our first daughter, my wife has brought home a trove of books, videos, and pamphlets purposing to help me be a better parent. None were worthy of my time nor space on my bookshelf until Christine Carter. She is smart, witty, and real. And she knows her stuff. Her tips and practices not only help me be a better parent but a happier person too. And a happier Daddy makes for a happier family. Trust me."

- Robert, Father of two
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